Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance

by Jack Gantos, Nicole Rubel
     
 

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Sarah wakes Ralph up with a great big kiss. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” she says. Rotten Ralph hides under his pillow. Sarah is very excited to take Ralph to Petunia’s Valentine’s Day Party. But Ralph will do almost anything to avoid the party and drippy Valentine kisses!  See more details below

Overview

Sarah wakes Ralph up with a great big kiss. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” she says. Rotten Ralph hides under his pillow. Sarah is very excited to take Ralph to Petunia’s Valentine’s Day Party. But Ralph will do almost anything to avoid the party and drippy Valentine kisses!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his Valentine-themed eighth adventure, misbehaving cat Rotten Ralph remains rude and remorseless. Worried that a Valentine's Day party "means sticky, gooey, wet, drippy kisses," Ralph does his best to be unappealing; to prepare for the event, he perfumes his red fur with garbage and mashes a "stink bug" in the frilly "secret valentine" card he is told to bring. Although his stalwart friend Sarah dresses him as Cupid, he refuses to act the part-until he resentfully flings his love arrows and hits all the partygoers. "Suddenly everyone wanted to kiss Ralph.... They called him cutey pie and pretty kitty and lovebug. Rotten Ralph groaned. He wanted to go home." The wildly colorful illustrations, loaded with comic details, busy with floral motifs and tiny hearts, gleefully convey the sentimentality Ralph despises and his vain attempts to avoid it. Cynics will adore Ralph's gross idea of a gift (a chocolate sampler overrun by ants) and his kiss-proof dog-food-smeared lips. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Ralph is up to his usual rotten antics in this funny Valentine's Day story. The naughty cat's fans will not be surprised by his aversion to this holiday with its "sticky, gooey, wet, drippy kisses." Nor will they be surprised that Ralph's idea of proactive self-defense is to rub smelly garbage all over his fur. Even garbage cannot protect him from the fate he brings upon himself, however. His doting and tolerant owner dresses him as Cupid for a Valentine party. Sara warns him repeatedly that anyone he hits with his "love arrows" will want to kiss him, but Ralph cannot resist hurling them about, with the result that all of the guests embrace him, tickle him, and call him "pretty kitty." He manages to avoid kissing the hostess good-bye by rubbing dog food on his lips. Valentine's Day, with its colored hearts and decorations, lends itself well to Rubel's garishly charming illustrations. Another sure winner in the series.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Clifford the Big Red Dog's feline evil twin confronts his worst nightmare: Valentine's Day. Anxious to avoid even the barest hint of propriety, His Rottenness counters the halo, wings, and little bow Sarah bestows upon him by smearing himself with garbage, squashing a stink bug in his valentine, breaking all the candy hearts at a party, and grossing out the host, Petunia, by rubbing dog food on his lips. Sarah, blindly adoring as ever, takes him home for a bath and a hug. Rubel's boldly colored and crisply drawn figures, in domestic scenes scattered with toys and memorabilia, reflect the story's in-your-face directness with wide gestures and unsubtle expressions. It's Ralph's eighth episode—and as Sarah's unrelenting forgiveness grows increasingly incomprehensible, the formula is starting to wear thin.

From the Publisher
"It's no wonder kids love Ralph—what a perfect vicarious way to get back at all those well-meaning adults who make you go to boring parties." Horn Book

"It's no wonder kids love Ralph—what a perfect vicarious way to get back at all those well-meaning adults who make you go to boring parties." Horn Book Guide

“The wildly colorful illustrations, loaded with comic details…gleefully convey the sentimentality Ralph despises and his vain attempts to avoid it.” —Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618494866
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/17/2005
Series:
Rotten Ralph Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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