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  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 8/19/12 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461807
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on October 22, 2012
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In a field dominated with books about making friends in school, missing mom, and being bullied, Ralph Tells a Story is the first title I've seen about facing the horrors of academia. And these are very real. All across the nation wonderful teachers like Ralph's are encouraging their students to write wonderful stories.

And plenty of kids are coming up short. Kids like...my grandson Max, who regards the de rigeur three page story he must write each Sunday night as nothing short of The Great American Novel. Author Abby Hanlon deals with young Ralph's writer's block realistically and humorously, striking a nice balance between making fun of poor Ralph and entering into his feelings.

When he has his epiphany in the end and is able to tell a story, we are with him. We have been there ourselves. Ralph Tells a Story is wonderfully empathetic in tackling a basic problem kids face, succeeding in school. And the artwork is hilarious.
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By Oko Belday on September 20, 2012
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Very cute book, good humor, with colorful, inspired artwork to push any tyke towards creativity. For me a highlight was the juxtaposition of the front and back inner covers. The front shows a bunch of blank pages, indicating that Ralph had not yet found his creative streak, and the back is crowded full of all the stories Ralph learned that he had the capacity to write. Some examples are "When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me", and "When my Mom Bought me the Wrong Sized Underwear."
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I just read Ralph tells a story with my twin 5 year olds and they LOVE it. Not only are the drawings fantastic, the story is engaging and had my kids responding to every page. Both girls want to write books of their own now. They gave it a rating of double 10.
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New from first-time author-illustrator Abby Hanlon. New, too, is Amazon Children's Publishing, itself borne out of the December 2011 acquisition of Marshall Cavendish Children's Books.

Sort of a juvenile version of How to Get Ideas, Ralph Tells a Story follows a Pigpen-esque Ralph in what I imagine to be second grade. His attempts to unlock a serious case of writer's block are spot-on, and should allow young readers to empathize immediately. Wonderfully emotive illustrations, especially Ralph's near-endless trove of grimaces.

My main and really only gripe is that while the text is legible enough (Palatino?), I would have preferred hand lettering, which may have connected more organically to the story. At the very least, a sans-serif font would have been better.

Positive, funny, practical. Bonus style points for the ruled paper covers and the Before & After endpapers.
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The previously (see update below) negative review was only regarding the electronic form of the book. In paper form I think this is a good story with a valuable message for children learning to write but the need to add electronic gimmicks had ruined this book. The text in the electronic book is made too small to read even though there is enough room to have had larger text, or even better, allow zoom to function in the book. Instead to read the text you had to tap on the text to enlarge it, which would have been an annoying interruption of the reading flow if it worked right, unfortunately it didn't. It amazes me how little vetting and editing is done with some of these electronic books. In this case sometimes one tap works and sometimes you have to tap a dozen times (not an exaggeration, try it) to get the text to enlarge to read it. This would be bad enough but a lot of the text is close enough to the edge of the book page that tapping just causes the page to turn rather than enlarging the text. Even if the text is not toward the edge of the page, taps often just causes the tablet controls to appear. My little one just got frustrated and lost interest in the story.

If you want a well executed electronic book for children try the iPad App Lil' Critter "Me and My Dad" it is the best of the many dozens of children's electronic picture books we have tried. Even after many months we are still discovering new "Easter Eggs" in that book.

UPDATE (I had previously given the electronic book 2 stars): I was contacted by Amazon and they let me know they had an update of the book and asked if it resolved the issue I had with the electronic form of the book. After trying the update, it did!
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We're a family of readers, from my youngest on up, so to say that I think we've found a new family favorite book is saying a lot!
However, I honestly can't remember the last book I read with the kids that had us all cracking up laughing the way this story did. Not only that, but the way Ralph Tells a Story encourages imagination, thinking outside the box for a creative story, and adding a touch of your own personality and humor to tell a tale is more than encouraging.

We loved the illustrations, and my boys especially got a kick out of the part with the baby and the inch worm (no spoilers here, you'll just have to read the book and see). Another part of the book that was a favorite was in the end, where it showed the titles of the new stories that Ralph creates (When Milk Came Out of My Nose- by Ralph, anyone?) What little boy wouldn't love to read that.

The best part of all, was that this book has encouraged my first grader to create his own little books. He mostly illustrates them, because he's still learning to write well, but if you ask him, he can "read" any of his books to you.

Needless to say, I am fully impressed with this author, and will eagerly await another story by her!
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