Cover image for Rotten Ralph's rotten family
Title:
Rotten Ralph's rotten family
Author:
Gantos, Jack, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
"Ralph takes a swing through his family tree to find out why he's so rotten"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 167675.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 63988.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780374363536
Format :
Book

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Summary

Rotten Ralph's owner, Sarah, is fed up with her red rascal's behavior. Ralph is tired of Sarah trying to change him. He misses his cat family, which never made him alter a thing about himself. But in this gag- and guffaw-filled adventure for newly independent readers, the world's favorite rotten red cat gets tripped up when he runs away for a journey down memory lane.


Author Notes

Jack Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1951. He received a BFA and a MA from Emerson College. While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. His other books include Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the 2012 Newbery Medal. His memoir, Hole in My Life, won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors. Jack's follow-up to Hole in My Life is The Trouble in Me He also teaches courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He dev.eloped the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Sarah, disgusted after every cat sitter in town refuses to stay with Rotten Ralph, asks him why he's so rotten. Ralph wonders too. He misses his doting mother and decides to return to his family, but after he arrives, all his other relatives play mean tricks on him. Mystery solved! There's plenty to enjoy in this droll, satisfying story, from Ralph's zany kitten/baby pictures to the unnerving scenes of a reformed Ralph cleaning up his act and his room ( he even cleaned the fish tank without eating the fish ). Expressive, wildly colorful illustrations amplify the humor. Another winner in the Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers series.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Ralph's fans will welcome this new addition, though the adventure rolls out in the usual way and predictably ends with the naughty feline showing a momentary display of sweetness. In this episode, Sarah has to decline a party invitation because she can't find a single cat sitter in town willing to spend time with Ralph. His reputation has impacted his best friend's life, and she sends him to his room, demanding that he change his ways. Ralph waxes nostalgic about the good old days when he lived with his own cat family. But a visit to the family farm reveals relatives just as rotten as he is and reinforces the fact that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Some readers may be perplexed by the difference between Ralph's vividly depicted childhood memories and reality. The transformation makes sense only if one assumes that the pictures in Ralph's mind are candy-coated, and this recognition may prompt some meaningful discussions about human behavior and also serve as a lesson in inference. Rubel's signature cartoon illustrations contain all the humor one could want in this latest chapter book about the incorrigible yet charismatic cat.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.