Best in Show for Rotten Ralph (Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers Series)
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Best in Show for Rotten Ralph (Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers Series)

by Jack Gantos, Nicole Rubel
     
 

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"To thine own self be true."

The cat show is coming to town and Rotten Ralph is hungry for glory – and desperate to defeat his perfect cousin Percy, whatever it takes. According to Sarah, Ralph has to stop being a lazy scoundrel and follow her regimen to achieve poise and polish. When the competition gets under way, Ralph pretends to be something

Overview

"To thine own self be true."

The cat show is coming to town and Rotten Ralph is hungry for glory – and desperate to defeat his perfect cousin Percy, whatever it takes. According to Sarah, Ralph has to stop being a lazy scoundrel and follow her regimen to achieve poise and polish. When the competition gets under way, Ralph pretends to be something he's not, and fails. Just in time, Ralph decides victory can be his only if he stops pretending and really lets the fur fly.

With eye-popping art and an ingeniously comic text, this fourth book in the appealing series for beginning readers follows everyone's favorite red-furred rascal on his path to a wholly satisfying last laugh

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Lively and entertaining. Rubel's wonderfully wonky and bright color illustrations add character expression and humor. Gantos gives kids everything they want in an early reader: a plotline with plenty of laughs, interesting characters, and a manageable reading experience.” —School Library Journal

“There are no surprises here for youngsters familiar with the series, and therein lies the strength of this entry: Ralph is rotten to the core, and the joy for beginning readers comes from seeing just how rotten rotten can be.” —The Horn Book

“New readers will be won over by the hilarious antics of the individual who stays true to his irrepressible self.” —Booklist

Children's Literature
Rotten Ralph wants to be in the cat show but is desperately afraid that his perfect cousin Percy is going to beat him. To try and show up Percy, Ralph and Sarah embark on a rigorous self-improvement regimen, not that it makes much difference for poor Ralph. During the competition, Ralph realizes that it is futile to pretend to be somebody that he is not, so he lets his true colors shine through—a kaleidoscope of colors. This is the wisest decision Ralph could make. He ends up being awarded for his participation in the cat show. It is perhaps not in the manner which he envisioned, but, nonetheless, it is in a manner fitting his character! Imaginative, colorful illustrations—befitting a coffee table book on modern art—on almost every page accompany the text in this funny, four-chapter book. This title is part of the "Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader" series (Ralph made his debut in 1976) that includes Rotten Ralph Helps Out, Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph and Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten. Recommended 2005, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 6 to 8.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Rotten Ralph has his eye on the prize: the coveted "Best in Show" cup at the cat show, but his cousin has entered the competition, too. Ralph knows his chances are next to nil against Perfect Percy, the overachieving orange tabby who even has his own cheering squad. When Sarah tries to whip the rascally red feline into shape, it's a little bit Rocky, a little bit My Fair Lady, and none of it really seems to do Ralph a bit of good. He comes to realize that he can never become the sort of cat who recites "A Tale of Two Kitties" by rote: "One was the best of kitties./The other was the worst of kitties-." What Ralph does best is to be his own rotten self. This fourth "Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader" is every bit as lively and entertaining as the previous books. Rubel's wonderfully wonky and bright color illustrations add character expression and humor. Gantos gives kids everything they want in an early reader: a plotline with plenty of laughs, interesting characters, and a manageable reading experience. Divided into four short chapters, this story is perfect for beginning readers who are itching for, but not quite ready to make, the transition to lengthier chapter books.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374363581
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/13/2005
Series:
Rotten Ralph Series, #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,227,825
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. They launched the Rotten Ralph Readers in 2001 with Rotten Ralph Helps Out.

In addition to the Rotten Ralph books, Jack Gantos is the author of Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nicole Rubel's many books include Twice as Nice: What It's Like to Be a Twin and Grody's Not So Golden Rules. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.

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