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In desperation, Sarah sends Rotten Ralph to feline finishing school. Will Ralph's mischief finally be a thing of the past? This package comes with a paperback and a two-sided cassette tape. The professionally narrated audio production includes lively sound effects and original music. Side one includes page-turn signals; side two features an uninterrupted reading.

Sarah's mischievous cat, Rotten Ralph, is sent to feline finishing ...

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Not So Rotten Ralph

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Overview

In desperation, Sarah sends Rotten Ralph to feline finishing school. Will Ralph's mischief finally be a thing of the past? This package comes with a paperback and a two-sided cassette tape. The professionally narrated audio production includes lively sound effects and original music. Side one includes page-turn signals; side two features an uninterrupted reading.

Sarah's mischievous cat, Rotten Ralph, is sent to feline finishing school, but Sarah finds she liked him better the way he was.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Can Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School really expunge every trace of Ralph's unrepentant rottenness? For a few heart-stopping moments it seems so: although Ralph steadfastly resists the school's more conventional blandishments, he slips into a docile trance when Mr. Fred swings a watch back and forth before his eyes. His owner, Sarah, appalled by his impeccable but utterly bland demeanor, soon finds herself doing the unthinkable: luring Ralph into devilment by any means at hand. Depicting an inspired contest of wills between the normally notorious Ralph and his newly naughty taskmaster, this effort brims with Gantos and Rubel's characteristically and irresistibly funny details: Mr. Fred's ``golden rules'' prohibit meowing, hissing, burping and fun (Ralph makes a paper airplane of his copy); the pupils are admonished to keep their paws to themselves in a ``self-control room'' filled with enticingly fragile objects. Rubel's electrically colored, eccentrically patterned illustrations are as exuberant as ever: particularly rousing is Ralph's spiral-eyed, hypnotically vacant gaze. A cavil: there are a few errors in punctuation and diction (Sarah ``awards'' Ralph with a party). Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Rotten Ralph is such a mean cat that his young mistress tires of his mischievous ways and sends him to Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School. There, he remains rotten until he is put in the ``final finishing room,'' where Mr. Fred hypnotizes the students so that they believe they are good. Sarah takes Ralph home and rewards him with a celebration; when he responds by falling asleep, she tries to restore him to his former self. She eats a goldfish, climbs the curtains, and more until Ralph remembers ``how good it felt to be rotten.'' Each full-page picture balances a page of text. The cartoon illustrations, with bold colors and graphic designs, are filled with small details that children will love. The text is comprised of simple, declarative sentences and lacks the humor of the pictures. Ralph's transformation is unconvincingly accomplished, but Sarah's change of heart is even less so. At the beginning she is frustrated by Ralph's behavior-her expressions register open-mouthed, wide-eyed shock. Her pet does not seem to endear himself to her in any way. Readers may well be perplexed when she sighs, "`I'm glad my Rotten Ralph is back.'" This is likely to appeal only to fans of the previous books.-Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Stephanie Zvirin
Sweet Sarah has had it. Naughty once too often, Ralph is off to cat obedience school. That's Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School, to be exact, where Ralph must abandon his personal code ("to be rotten"), learn self-control, and forget about meowing, begging, hissing, burping, sneakiness--and having fun. Fans won't be disappointed by the outcome of Gantos' new Rotten Ralph adventure. It not only sparkles with the usual Ralph pranks, but also gives the feisty feline a little payback of sorts for a change. Rubel's naive artwork, busy with pattern and witty detail, is as good as ever. Kids will especially love the close-up of sweet Sarah, pink tongue sticking out and blue eyes crossed, trying to coax a spark of the old mischief from her finishing-school-graduate friend.
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“Fans won’t be disappointed by the outcome . . . It not only sparkles with the usual Ralph pranks, but also gives the feisty feline a little payback of sorts for a change.” Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547350561
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/26/2000
  • Series: Rotten Ralph Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

NICOLE RUBEL has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the Rotten Ralph series by Jack Gantos, which has been in print for more than twenty years. She lives in Oregon.
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