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Would you believe that Ralph the dog can talk? Yip, yip, yip--it's true!

With bestselling author Lois Ehlert's simple, funny, call-and-response text and bold, playful collage illustrations, this fresh, young book is sure to get little ones laughing (and talking to their dogs!)

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Beach Lane Books
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The Library Lady
Jul 14, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Listen up you hallowed members of the Caldecott Committee. Lois Ehlert deserves your medal. She has deserved your medal for years, while you have repeatedly passed her by for everything from a biography illustrated with woodcut prints to a frickin' pseudo graphic novel.
Take a look at this one. It embodies everything Ehlert can do. Look at her use of various media to create her collages. Look at her bold, clear designs that have appeal for even a toddler.
Combine that with a simple, clear text tha
May 18, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ehlert returns with another cleverly illustrated book, this time featuring a dynamic dog. Ralph is a dog who is able to talk. No, really! When they brought him home and asked him his name, he replied with “RRRalph Ralph.” He can tell you where he is when he climbs up on his doghouse: “Roof roof.” Just ask him what is on the outside of a tree, and he knows that it’s BARK. The book continues with more questions for Ralph and him answering them with a variety of barks, until at the end, he only rep ...more
Amanda Skarupsky
Lois Ehlert has written a humorous tale about a child and their dog.. that can talk!! Well, kind of. Rrralph is a curious looking dog (the illustrations are creatively made with random objects such as zippers, soda tabs and recycled paper) that talks, or so his human thinks. Rrralph is able to say "roof" when he's on the roof, and "rough" to describe the feeling of the ground under his paws. Rrralph is a fun dog that uses his words to communicate with his human for a day. Where will they go, and ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Award winning author Lois Ehlert makes an excellent job as a writer and illustrator in this storybook. It is a kid telling the story of how his new dog can talk! Lois is very creative with the questions asked to the dog so that the word the dog talks is the same as a dog sound they would make. It will make children as well as parents and teacher laugh through out the whole story.
Through recycling beautiful images of the dog ralph the main theme or topic of this picture book is Dogs and language
Rebecca Tenbrook
Feb 17, 2014 Rebecca Tenbrook rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot simply because I couldn't stop laughing the entire time. I think if read to students they will enjoy it as well and laugh right along with you. This book plays on the sounds that dogs make (ruff, bark, yep, wolf, and so on) and make it seem like the dog is actually talking. I would love to share this to a class and see if they pick up on the fact that sometimes the way that a dog barks can sound like an actual word. I would love to read this to a class and then have stu ...more
May 18, 2011 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Bringing this home to my boys (8 and 3). The older one will like all the jokes and the little one will like the pictures (I want to see Lois Ehlert's studio someday - I have visions of piles of all sorts of fun stuff).
Rosa Cline
Dec 16, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This is a very sweet simple storybook. My nearly 4 year old granddaughter and my special needs teen age son giggled at this book as I read it to them. If you have someone that loves dogs-puppies then they will LOVE this book. Through out the story they say "My dog says his name" and then the way the dog barks sounds like Ralph then they'll say "How's the gravel feel on your paws?" and he says "Ruff Ruff" So as the narrator asks how Ralph feels, or sees Ralph answers with a sound that a 'normal' ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
RRRalph by Lois Ehlert is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

RRRalph is a very easy-to-read book about a dog who seems to be able to talk. He even told his owners that his name was Ralph! Ralph tells his owners when he's on the roof, that there's bark on the tree, that the path is rough, that a wolf is nearby, that he wants to come in the house when he's scared, and he makes it clear when it's time to sleep. Can Ralph really talk to his owners? The fun will be in havin
Taril Slater
Apr 14, 2014 Taril Slater rated it liked it
Shelves: edr-653
RRRRalph by Lois Ehlert has an invisible narrator who says his or her dog can speak. The narrator asks the dog questions and says that the dog can respond. I think the book was cute but I wasn't a fan of the story. I think students will find the book entertaining and teachers can only use the story to entertain. This book is a very good introductory book to get students interested in learning to read.
Lois Ehlert does it again in a fantastic book for kids. The narrator explains that his dog can talk and then proceeds to prove it. For example, when asked what's on the outside of a tree, Ralph responds with "Bark! Bark!"

Great way to get kids to interact in storytime. Children will also enjoy identifying the different objects Ehlert uses in her art.
Crystal Thomas
Sep 03, 2014 Crystal Thomas rated it it was ok
Rrralph was a very short, simple picture book. probably best for children younger than preschool. the boy in the book says his dog can talk because when he asks him what is on the tree he says "bark bark." The illustrations were different - the dog has a pop can tab for a nose. Overall, I was not very interested in the book and don't believe it would hold a child's attention for very long.
Feb 07, 2015 Tori rated it it was ok
Shelves: preschool
It is a cute story but, there is not much to it. I don't think I would use it in my classroom for reading related activities but, I might use it for an art activity because, if you look at Ralph he is made out of different objects and textures. I think this would be a good book for bedtime.
Dominique St-pierre
Feb 23, 2014 Dominique St-pierre rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
What a sweet, fun book! I read it to our one-year-old neighbor and to my Kindergarten students. While the one-year old enjoyed making all the sounds that Ralph makes, the Kindergarteners enjoyed that as well as talking about the illustrations and predicting what Ralph might do.
Oct 26, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Lois Ehlert's books aren't really about the story -- they are about those fantastic, amazing, eye-popping, dimensional illustrations. They usually have a bit of a story, like this one, but this is the first one I've encountered that is so pun/silly joke-laden. I love it!
Feb 11, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Ehlert's creative collages are just one element that make this book a must-have for your library. It's also good for teaching onomatopoeia (ralph can speak, and he uses all the different noises dogs make -roof, rough- bark...)
Great for ages 4-8 and dog lovers of all ages.
Oct 09, 2014 RachelAnne rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, animals
Lois Ehlert's engaging illustrations just keep getting more innovative and fun. Kids love the humor of the talking dog. "He's just barking!" one kindergartener interjected. "Nuh-uh! He said 'rough!'" Great for storytimes, and for toddlers through age 6.
Jul 18, 2014 Gps rated it really liked it
I like how everything that RRRalph says makes its way into this charming book.
the usual fun illustrations from Lois Ehlert, and just a fun book to read aloud…

as a sucker for books featuring dogs, I will have to add this to my list of favorites.
Lisa Lathrop
Mar 14, 2015 Lisa Lathrop rated it really liked it
A clever little book written and illustrated by collage artist Lois Ehlert. Did you know our dog can talk? clever ways to interpret "rrralph ralph", "roof roof" etc. will have early elementary students laughing.
Sep 05, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
Read this out loud in my Storytime workshop and found it quite adorable. Didn't realize it was by the author of Chika Chika Boom Boom until I read the dust jacket at the end. Loved the illustrations, too.
This was a big hit in toddler time, although they didn't get all the jokes, it worked on a sound level and a more subtle level. Grown-ups liked the joke, kids liked the dog noises.
"RRRalph" Author Lois Ehlert was inspired by jokes that her brother, Dick Ehlert, told to his grandchildren. Young kids will love "RRRalph" because they're listening for plays on words ("How's the path feel under your feet, Ralph? Rough, Rough"). They'll also love it for the textural, photographed illustrations, a kind of craft art. This is the element that makes it a very special, interactive picture book, not just another joke book: handmade rag paper, buttons, zippers, pull-tops from soda can ...more
Kara Buck
Feb 09, 2016 Kara Buck rated it it was amazing
Rrralph is a cute book about a boy who thinks his dog can talk. This book is very creative with great graphics for pictures. It will keep any child's attention.
Oct 17, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
Amazing for toddler storytime. The kids really liked it, and the parents laughed, too, which is always a plus! It's also fun to read, and the illustrations are beautiful.
Feb 09, 2016 Lily rated it it was amazing
This is s cute story about a dog and his owner. The dog can talk and it tells us about a day in his life. It is a very cute children's book.
Joan Marie
Jan 26, 2016 Joan Marie rated it it was amazing
Lois Ehlert uses clever Qs & As to tell a simple tale about a dog named Ralph and illustrates with her eye-candy collages!
Feb 09, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I find the book to be amusing for many of my students. The illustrations make you want to touch the page as they are so creative and colorful. The dog seems to be able to talk and respond to questions. It is a great read aloud for my kiddos that seem to have a short attention span and my most reluctant readers pick this one up after it is introduced. At first I thought this book maybe a little 'young' for my second grade students, but the collage style illustrations really seem to grab their att ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Ehlert's books' best features are always the artwork--her collages are epic! Cute book!
Aug 31, 2015 Peacegal rated it liked it
Do dogs speak to us? Cute book with mixed media illustrations.
The boys loved this book. The key is to really get into character.
Whitney Rachel
May 06, 2014 Whitney Rachel rated it liked it
Clever! Ralph gives me the heebie jeebies, though.
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