From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–In this beginning reader, Ralph and Sarah are still going strong after almost 30 years together. True to character, the rotten cat doesn't like the healthy food that Sarah feeds him, so he raids the garbage cans in the alley. Of course, he becomes ill from his foraging and must be taken to the vet, where he is kept for observation. Lonesome for Sarah, he makes his way home, where he fixes himself some snacks. Ralph's suffering and Sarah's concern are palpable in a series of vivid illustrations that depict his worsening condition, as is their pleasure in being reunited. A great addition to the series.–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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*Starred Review* Gr. 1-3. Take one "green chicken wing," add it to "squishy squid," "furry fish," and "chunky chocolate milk," and you've got a recipe for a bellyache that makes swallowing a puzzle piece, as Curious George once did, seem health-conscious. One morning Rotten Ralph wakes up feeling ill, and a nibbled fish head on his pillow gives long-suffering Sarah all the information she needs: "Have you been eating out of the trash can again?" Off to the vet they go, where that bad red cat behaves horribly--burping in the doctor's face, for instance--even while feeling wretched. After the doctor solves his tummy trouble, he behaves even worse! The Magic-Marker intensity of Rubel's palette and the undulating quality of her lines are ideal for showing the quavery misery of nausea; in one particularly memorable spread, children see the suffering Ralph as puce-green and bloated, scavenged snacks floating around his insides. Beginning readers will gobble up this third installment of the Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader series; unlike Ralph, though, they'll have nothing to regret. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved