Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself

Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself


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Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself by David L Wallace, Lorian Dean

Ralphy the Rabbit’s dream came true when a little girl named Marta took him home from the pet store. In his new home, Ralphy and Goldie the Fish immediately became friends. One day, Marta’s mom brought home a stray cat. Ralphy couldn’t quite put his finger on what it was, but something seemed off about Oscar the Cat. Ralphy and Oscar didn’t get along and Goldie feared Oscar wanted to turn her into a nice bowl of fish stew.

On their way with Marta and her parents to see Marvin the Magician at the flea market, Ralphy and Oscar find themselves stranded on the streets of Orlando, forcing them to work together to try and safely reach Marta. Can they overcome their differences? Join them on their humorous and lessons learning journey through the streets of Orlando to reach Marta at the flea market.

An entertaining, short novel for early readers that promotes creativity, friendship, and acceptance.” - Kirkus Reviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997225747
Publisher: David L Wallace
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

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Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
this is a charming book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. The narrative was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never gets boring or slow which is so very important for younger readers to keep them interested. It goes from one minor conflict to another, gradually picking up steam and raising the stakes for Ralphy so you really just want to keep going. The scenes were unpredictable, and I liked that it wasn’t totally obvious where the story was headed. Would have like to see more pictures and a little more character development with Ralphy and Oscar . But still an enjoyable read that children will enjoy and parents will feel good about.
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
Children’s books are not my usual fare, but every once in a while I check them out and see what the kiddos are reading these days. I liked the characters and the artist’s depiction of them in the illustrations, but felt they could have better matched more parts of the text. Oscar seemed a bit too mean and I wasn’t sure I really felt the genuine transition between him and Ralphy, or even with Ralphy and himself to make it all feel okay by the end. Almost seemed like we missed a few parts. Feels like there should have been more of an internal struggle for Ralphy to overcome his emotional issues and learn the value of who he really was. The message is there, I just think it could have been executed more deliberately. But this is a cute story and the animals are fun and the lesson is a positive one---- one the children will certainly enjoy.
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
this book was so much fun! I’m so impressed with this cute and insightful story and how the author had such clear descriptions of the characters’ feelings and experiences. Also it felt like it had an original plot. I admit at first I was confused as to what the point of the story would actually be (other than the fact that Ralphy looks weird compared to other rabbits and he is jealous of the new cat, Oscar). But all the characters were a lot of fun and original, and once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down! A Short read, easy to finish in one take. Definitely recommend, and enjoyed the fun rivalry between the pets as they learn about getting along and accepting themselves and each other.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
what a beautiful and engaging story! The way that David L. Wallace writes it just reaches out and grabs you and doesn’t let go from start to finish. I enjoyed all the characters and scenes perfectly and loved every page. Many children’s books don’t actually have a very interesting plot, at least not one we haven’t seen done to death every which way imaginable. And while some themes here are pretty common, I think that the characters of Ralphy and his friends made it feel special. For the most part the pacing was okay but I think it could have used more ‘dramatic’ moments, especially toward the beginning, and the ending seemed a little rushed to me. The parent’s names were a little odd too, calling them Daddy John and Mama Sarah (instead of just Daddy and Mama). But still a wonderful read, and one that is a great addition to any home library. Ages 6 and up.
RepoManJM More than 1 year ago
Fully imagined and realized, ‘Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” by David L. Wallace is an adventurous romp with animals and friendship and positive morals. What more could you want? I was riveted to this book the whole way through and genuinely enjoyed the author’s descriptive narrative style and way of doing clever, fast-paced dialogue and prose that sounds genuine and authentic for the age range. These things really can’t be taught, in my opinion. Enough twists to stay unpredictable, and a heartwarming ending to make it all worth it. Great book!
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars as soon as I was done with “Ralphy the Rabbit” by David L. Wallace I immediately gave it to my 8.5 year old daughter to read, and she finished it in one sitting. We both thought it was great, and my daughter was a little disappointed that there isn’t another book in the series with Ralphy and Marta. Maybe someday? Great imagination and really enjoyed the wonderful pictures as well. Clean editing with excellent writing and prose that flows well. We will keep this one for future re-readings for sure.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
David L. Wallace has a new fan in me! I admit I went into this totally blind… I didn’t read the description or anything… and I kept thinking to myself “whoa, this is really cute… these drawings are great…this is so clever and fun!” Reading it made me feel like a kid again… then I was so lost in the story I didn’t want it to end. I haven’t connected with ‘younger’ characters like this since…. I don’t know when. Generally I read books more geared for adults. But this one just tickled my imagination and didn’t want to let go. A genuine treat. Will be looking for more from Mr. Wallace, even his more ‘adult’ books.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
I will give this book 5 stars! It is a clever tale you just want to dive into and have fun in, and I finished it very quickly. David Wallace has perfected the delicate balance of creating an imaginative and complex world that isn’t confusing or frustrating for young readers … but is just complex enough to keep us totally hooked! Like that he doesn’t dumb it down for his younger audiences. Great, clear sentences and easy to follow plot, brought to life with nice illustrations that reflect certain parts of the story. Personally I feel the formatting could be a little more conducive for the real younger ones, as seeing pages of solid text is sometimes too much for them. Visually having less words and more pictures per page would help a lot here. But still a lovely tale that has a nice ending. Recommend.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars just finished “Ralphy The Rabbit Finds Himself” and my daughter and I loved it! The pacing was perfect, the editing practically flawless, and I think some of the characters were the most interesting and creative I’ve seen with strong personalities, but also very believable too. Although Ralphy is a rabbit, he feels like a young boy but still has animal traits and experiences that kinds just eat up. Everything does wrap up well in the end and has a positive conclusion that children can benefit from, but I hope that Wallace can find a way to bring back these fun characters in another book because they are delightful! I really think this one will have great appeal for a wide audience, young and old alike. Universal themes, strong, descriptive writing and a colorful cast of characters makes this a book not to be missed.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
"Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” by David L. Wallace is such an utterly charming book, one which I would have no hesitation having my children read. It is a “clean” fantasy (I say ‘fantasy’ only because the leads are ‘talking’ animals) suitable for all ages, but it is definitely geared toward the younger crowd. A well-written and tightly knit plot will appeal to all readers, not just the young ones. It has a solid universal message that everyone can understand and appreciate, great writing and fun pictures. Highly recommend.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
First I have to say that I adored Ralphy and the animals, and liked the quirky drawings that added to the storyline. I loved that no one ever felt really cliché or stereotypical, and that each character, human and animal, had qualities that made them unique to add to the story. What I didn’t like so much was that I didn’t feel like there was much in the way of Ralphy really overcoming his struggle with his appearance…there was just a certain amount of insight there that I thought was lacking…. the ending was a bit abrupt. Suddenly everything was just fine. But Overall I did like reading it and I give this book a solid 4 stars, as I did really enjoy it and think others will too. The writing is very good for children and it is a clever and well-written story.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
"Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” was the second book I’ve read by David L. Wallace, and while it couldn’t be more different than the other one I read, I really enjoyed it as much as I did the first, “Trojan: The Enemy Within” (great book!) From the opening pages of this one I was drawn into this emotional, lively tale, and I enjoyed the characters and their journey together, whether it was an emotional one, or the literal one. My 5-year-old was thoroughly engaged from the opening pages and his interest never faded until the closing lines. What I liked most about this book was that the story was constantly moving forward, never dwelling on something too long or doing too much ‘telling narrative’ about the characters. Instead we are swept up in this fantastical and heartwarming adventure and get to watch Ralphy make some pretty important and impactful life choices that have great meaning. I was almost sad when it was over and hopefully we haven’t seen the last of these wonderful characters! A great book for ages 7 on up.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
"Ralphy the Rabbit Finds himself” by David L Wallace has all the elements one could hope for from a fun children’s adventure. Although it is about animals (mainly a rabbit, but also a cat and a goldfish), adults will certainly enjoy reading it as well to their children. It has lots of cute interactions and funny dialogue with the animals who ‘talk’ to one another and act almost like young children themselves! The writing was very strong and had very few errors from what I could tell. An enjoyable read with positive life messages that I would recommend to fans of young-readers’ adventure books without hesitation.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
Mr. David L Wallace has such an animated writing style that’s almost addictive and it sucks you into this “animal world”. Even though is clearly ‘made up’ it has realistic elements that makes it believable and entertaining, while also being educational in the sense that it shows that even if you look different or people think you are weird (Ralphy is a rabbit with ‘dog’ ears) you can still be loved and people (Like Marta) will care anyways and that’s all that matters. True friends care about you, not how you look and you shouldn’t try to be something that you aren’t. No “magic’ will change who you are! A fun journey with a good ending and cute characters. Younger readers would enjoy this one very much.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
first, I have to say that I don’t normally read Children’s Books, but I was looking for something a little different and this looked fun and cute. The child in me wanted to see what it was all about! This was such an adorable and lively book that totally exceeded my expectations… I think that most kids that age will be able to relate well to Ralphy and participate in his experiences with the other pets, his feelings of insecurity and wanting to be different than he is. Its fun going with them as they go to find the magician, and the ending is one that will leave a smile on everyone’s faces. Oh, and I loved the pics!
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” is one of the most imaginative and clever young reader books I’ve read in a long time! We become interested right away with poor Ralphy’s dilemma, and absolutely loved David Wallace’s description of the different animals from their quirky personalities and character traits, to the matching drawings storyline development. Genuine attention to character detail, from the talking animals (cat, rabbit, fish…) to the sweet young Marta who adopts Ralphy even though he looks ‘different’. There was little to no lull in the action… we would like to read more from David Wallace. Hopefully there will be more books featuring these characters, or perhaps he has some new ones…. Would love to keep reading them! He has a natural gift for creating a powerful, well-thought out story and developing positive, memorable characters that teach younger readers valuable lessons without being ‘preachy’ or ‘teachy’. Just wholesome fun.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
I was pulled into this wonderful world of David Wallace’s world from the start and thought that Ralphy and friends were such fun characters to go through these adventures with, and even the humans were great too. I also liked that it was like a fantasy in the sense that the animals were ‘talking’ to each other and the readers, but also felt real at the same time – had a fun energy and also some tense moments and conflict that draws the reader into the world and they become invested in Ralphy’s outcome. Some important learning moments here as well, and positive messages of body image and self-esteem and friendship. Happy the ending was good and it really is a fun, action filled and lively story appropriate for ages 6 and above.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
We liked this book, (me and my 10 year old son) and thought that David Wallace did a marvelous job of creating fun, engaging characters, an emotionally compelling plot that has positive, true to life situations that children can relate to on several levels… and I didn’t notice any editing mistakes which is really rare!! We were engaged from the opening to the fulfilling finish, as Ralphy and co. face several obstacles to overcome. Good use of tension and putting him through the test… sometimes children’s books shy away from this but this one delivered nicely. I do think that there should have been more pictures that illustrated more key moments in the storyline (preferably in color) because this is what really keeps the younger readers’ interests. But the narrative was great, especially for the intended age group. Hope to read more from Mr. Wallace.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
having raised children for the past 20+ years, I’ve certainly read my fair share of children’s books, I feel Mr. Wallace did an amazing job of bringing in a fresh voice and making this lovely children’s story wholly his own, and giving it a unique feel. I didn’t feel like I’ve read this a dozen times before, which is a miracle. A few things, though, I wondered what the overall message was supposed to be, as usually books like this impart some sort of lesson or theme – and I really couldn’t figure out what it would be…on the surface it appears to be Ralphy accepting his ‘dog’ ears when he sees his owner, but for some reason it didn’t make a lot of sense why he suddenly was ok, and what exactly his thought process was (or experiences) that led him to make such a profound change of heart. Children really need this spelled out for them or it goes over their heads. And I personally thought the pictures were a little too understated, more like an afterthought and if this is going to be a picture book it needs more, and would do well to match the text and preferably in color. For the most part the editing was great. Overall a cute and engrossing read that is best suited for 7-10 age group.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
I was so immersed in this wonderful, fun book and impressed with the level of creativity that David Wallace puts into “Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself”. I loved the characters and the energy the author uses. I know the ending wraps up nicely, but I hope that somehow Ralphy and Oscar and Marta (and the others) have more fun adventures in the future. These are really cute characters and I can see them doing all sorts of things that can help children learn positive life lessons, not just about self-acceptance but other things too. Solid writing, pacing and editing. The pictures are good, but a bit underwhelming for a children’s book where many young readers’ like them to be the star of the show. Recommend for young/early readers, but adults will enjoy it as well.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
this book, “Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” is really enjoyable to read! I have younger cousins and nephews that enjoy reading books, like this one, especially if there are pictures in it. Our favorite part was seeing the animals on their own and working together to reach their destination. The ending teaches some valuable lessons for all, but it felt a little too rushed for my tastes. Almost a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ revelation that we don’t really understand exactly WHY Ralphy is suddenly ok. I mean we sorta get it, but I do think it should have been spelled out a little more, to really drive the message home. A suitable book for children ages 6-12 years old. Lots of fun!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
this book was a really fun and cute book about a pair of friends/rivals who are animals (Ralphy and Oscar), and they don’t really get along at fist due to some rivalry for attention (much like siblings in that regard), and also, Ralphy has some self-esteem issues with his appearance. He gets an idea to visit a magician who he thinks can ‘change’ him (a bit reminiscent of “The Wizard of Oz” in a way) and the animals come up with a plan to do so. Of course there are some complications along the way, but it all comes together for a sweet ending that children will love. Great storyline and the younger children will certainly enjoy having this book read to them if it is too difficult for them to read themselves. Great writing and editing. Recommend.
essieh More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say how happy I am that this is a great book that my children enjoyed that wasn’t all rhyming! Usually that is all the younger ones want to hear, but I suppose the cute pictures and action-packed storyline of the animals and the wonderful experiences they have is enough to keep their attention. They had really cute personalities (except Oscar was a bit of a meanie!) and the humans were good too. But we thought their names were sort of odd, being called “Daddy John” and “Momma Sarah” was pretty unusual, but at least Marta had a normal name. I would have liked to see more progression of the storyline through dialogue, especially in the beginning as sometimes too much narrative can be a little harder for the young readers to focus on for very long. But the lively characters helped to keep them interested, and they certainly loved the ending.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my kids to see what they would think of it, and I received very good feedback. They loved the story and the illustrations (only complaint was that there were too few of them). This book was short enough to hold their attention, but long enough for it to be a bed time story. They loved Ralphy and Oscar the others, and they definitely got excited over the adventure off to find Marvin the magician. The ending seemed a bit rushed over, like he all of a sudden just is okay with himself and I wish we could have understood his change of heart and epiphany better. But still the overall takeaway is positive and reinforces self-acceptance and friendship. I hope we will be reading more from David Wallace and hope he continues on writing stories like these.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Ralphy the Rabbit Finds Himself” by David L. Wallace is such a cute story! And the illustrations really help the book to come alive – too bad there aren’t more! They really are terrific. This book is probably suited more for the 7 and up crowd, as there are longer sections of text that will be too much for real young readers... But they will enjoy having the story read to them, and the characters are really charming! Go Ralphy! Don't miss this little story time gem! It is a sure winner with the kiddos… a fun, adventuresome tale that gets them hoping for a happy turnout for all! Hope to read more from Mr. Wallace soon.