- 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 (196 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ralph Tells a Story Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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“Stories are everywhere!” exclaims Ralph's teacher, and Hanlon proves it in her debut picture book. While Ralph’s classmates eagerly scribble stories, he displays his creativity by finding excuses to leave the room. When Ralph complains that he can’t write a story because “NOTHING happens to me,” his friend Daisy replies, “Are you kidding?... I’ve written a ton of stories about you!” (one describes Ralph’s nail-painting adventure: “then the teechr sed oooo no its prmanent marker!”). Eventually, Ralph finds inspiration in a memory of an encounter with an inchworm, and when it comes time to share his story, Ralph’s classmates’ questions prompt him to wildly embellish it, emphasizing the value of oral storytelling. Hanlon’s loose, rudimentary watercolor and colored pencil cartoons are as authentically childlike as Ralph’s voice; literary lions like Olivia and Babar decorate the walls of Ralph’s classroom, speech bubbles provide humorous asides, and Ralph’s wide, craggy line of a mouth easily conveys frustration, anger, nervousness, and confidence. A closing lineup of staple-bound books, among them When Milk Came Out of My Nose and The Smelly Band-Aid, prove that Ralph has left his writer’s block behind. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
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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! I think I like the way they resolved it better than my suggestion to provide the ability to zoom in on the page the way you would reading a magazine on your K Fire. There is still the same difficulty enlarging individual text, that hasn't changed; BUT now when you start the book if you enlarge the first small portion of text the next portion of text is automatically enlarged when you do a page swipe. Each additional page swipe moves you in order to the next portion of small text and enlarges it until you get to the last portion of small text on a page and then the next page swipe gesture actually turns the page and enlarges the first portion of text on that next page; each page swipe gesture moving you through the portions of small text, in order, to the end of the book. Also, you can move back through the book the same way. The book now reads very smoothly. It's not intuitive though and without experimenting, someone who uses edge taps to move through the pages may not discover what the page swipe gesture does. I would suggest a note at the beginning of the electronic book to explain the use of the page swipe gesture. I was very impressed with Amazon's quick resolution of the problem with the electronic book; it took them less time than I have taken to update my review. Well done Amazon! I do wonder why this couldn't have been avoided by making each page into two pages so the graphics and text would be larger and you could read the text without the popup text feature. After all it works for the printed book.