Poor Rotten Ralph. His health just isn't what it used to be. Thanks to his rotten ways, he's down to the very last of his nine lives! One more slip and he'll be gone forever, warns the vet. Sarah, Ralph's doting owner, is fiercely determined to keep her cat safe. But how much coddling can Ralph take before he has to do something totally and utterly rotten? In this ninth tale about the most delightfully disobedient cat in town, being naughty has never looked so good to Rotten Ralph. But then again, after a hard day's rotten work, neither does the warmth and safety of Sarah's lap!
A Look Inside The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph
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After a night on the town, Rotten Ralph seems so pale and sickly that Sarah takes him to the vet, who proclaims that he’s used up eight of his nine lives. Shaken by the diagnosis, Sarah begins treating her beloved cat like a baby. Coddling doesn’t suit Ralph, though, and soon he’s out gallivanting again. From the long-running Rotten Ralph picture-book series, this darkly amusing story features flashbacks to eight catastrophic encounters (Ralph’s reminiscences of his past lives). Deadpan storytelling and brightly colored, somewhat zany ink-and-wash artwork combine for a decidedly droll and sometimes hilarious picture book. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan