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*Starred Review* Ralph is a talking dog. And the text of this clever book consists of questions posed to Ralph, the canine answers, and comments from an unseen narrator talking to introduces this amazing pet. Asked �What�s your name?� the dog answers, �RRRALPH/RALPH.� Asked �Where are you?� Ralph responds, �ROOF/ROOF.� Once kids get the joke, they�ll enjoy guessing the dog�s replies to queries such as �What�s on that tree?� and �How�s the path feel on your paws, Ralph?� Created with realia as well as painted and textured papers, the three-dimensional collage illustrations feature zippers for Ralph�s mouth, a metal pop-top for his nose, buttons for the birds� eyes, and actual bark for the tree�s trunk. The pages, colored in hot-pink, grass-green, and pumpkin, magnify the visual energy of the artwork and graphics. Each animal or object pictured shows up distinctly against a bright background, and Ralph�s words, along with the short lines of text, appear in large, bold type. With its appealing jacket art, clever text, and vibrant illustrations, this amusing picture book is a pleasure to read aloud, either individually or in story hour settings. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

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* "With its appealing jacket art, clever text, and vibrant illustrations, this amusing picture book is a pleasure to read aloud, either individually or in story hour settings."--Booklist, starred review

* "Bold and bright, filled with kid-pleasing riddles and collage illustrations, this is a perfect offering for new readers and storytime. Will these young readers want to create a sequel? Yip! Yip! --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Ever-innovative Ehlert attributes several different words to the family dog...Whether Ralph actually means what he says or not, it’s giggle-worthy; and doubling the fun are Ehlert’s brilliantly composed collages."--The Horn Book, starred review

"What do you do with "groaners," really bad jokes, in this case about dogs? Ehlert has gathered a few and turned them into a colorful, clever picture book.... An excellent selection for sharing one-on-one or reading aloud in a group setting."

--School Library Journal, May 2011
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413054
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rrralph is a great read aloud that is sure to appeal to any young dog lover. It's a classic gag done in a simple, charming way that will have any child 2-5 running home to hear their dog talk. Ralph is a cutie, fashioned in the illustrator's trademark collage style. With his pop can tab nose, his button eyes, and his zipper mouth, you just can't help but smile!

There are pages that feature only text on a brightly colored background that ask the questions such as "What's your name?" and "How's the path feel on your paws, Ralph?" The following pages are big illustrations of Ralph answering with his Ralph words: Rrralph! and Rough!. The conversational tone and oversize illustrations make this a natural choice as a story time read aloud. Fun stuff and an enthusiastic recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard and Liz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Colorful, bold illustrations along with large text makes this book appealing to young children. The tale is amusing in that the 'narrator' asks Ralph a question and each response is a different noise/bark. For example when asked where Ralph is after building him a new house, Ralph's reply is "Roof Roof." On a long walk how does the path feel on his paws? "Rough, rough."

Our younger children really enjoyed this book so 5* from them :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Four Roses on January 4, 2014
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I used this eBook with Kindergarteners and had a fun time. The book helped my ESL students with vocabulary for only one of my students knew what bark on the tree was. Students liked reading the different barking sounds with me. Again this is a simple fun book to read a loud with young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You may recognize Lois Ehlert's style - she illustrated "Chicka Chicka Boom BOOM," one of our old favorites. This book uses a very bold collage style of illustrations to showcase corny dog jokes, but the book absolutely works.

Get them laughing, keep them reading. Thanks, Lois Ehlert!
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By Heather A. Mullholland on November 14, 2013
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My daughter's favorite book. This book is full of silly jokes. My daughter LOVES it! I wanted to give it 4 stars because it became annoying after reading it 549 times a day for a month straight, but I felt the HONEST rating was 5 stars because, really, it isn't for me. My daughter would most assuredly give this a 5 star rating. Or, in her toddler counting system "one five seven green"!

We checked this book out from the library and read it constantly for a month. We returned it and I was so glad to see it slide down that book drop. Then, in the children's section... my clever daughter FOUND ANOTHER COPY!!! So, we read it constantly for a second month in a row. This time, I was sneaky and returned it at the satellite book drop at the grocery store. However, I know just how to delight children AND drive my brother crazy- so my 18mo niece will be getting this for xmas this year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen K McKenzie on January 24, 2014
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He loved this book when we got it from the library so we bought it for him. Loves it! It's special to him!
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Format: Hardcover
Very few words on each page and a great play on the old dog jokes all kids love to tell. Quick read for the short attention span of the very young readers/listeners that will have them giggling and laughing. Beware, you may hear the jokes many times in your house. Interesting illustration style using collage materials that can be used in talking about art or what the object is for the very young. The illustrations show students they can be an artist without being able to draw and paint. Writing teachers - it is great for onomatopoeia examples. Art teachers - great examples of using many different objects to create the picture.
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Recently I found myself in the position of having to combine our library's Preschool AND Baby storytimes into one combined session. This book was an absolute hit with both ages. The preschoolers joined in with the dog's throaty "words" while the babies' interest was held with the quick pace and few words per page. Both groups loved the large, colorful pictures. Even the parents loved this story's cute and clever play on the dog's "words" such as "ROOF, ROOF."
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