Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas (Rotten Ralph)
Rotten Ralph is not at all nice to the Christmas visitor.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 21st 1987 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 1984)
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Why would I want to read a book called "Rotten Ralph" to my children? This book ended up in our home when I let the girls pick out their own library books. Abby and I actually read it and then had a good talk about how selfish and naughty Ralph was. She did conclude that he was nicer at the end...but why read a book that you have to have a debriefing over? We will not be reading any more of these.
On a day when I was depressed regarding just about everything, I checked out this Rotten Ralph book and found myself laughing out loud. It made me feel better just to know that Ralph had the chance to tie an irritating goody two-shoes cat to the railroad track (not to worry; Percy always survives). Maybe it's the art, but something about this series totally lifts my spirit.
Nov 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
I didn't really enjoy this book all that much, but it has a decent message about jealousy and not being mean to guests. I can see the appeal to children, but both the narrative and illustrations seem too flat to me. Our youngest really liked it and asked to read it again, so I suppose I'll up my rating to three stars from two.
my kids didn't get this book - they're nice people and he's a rascally cat. they looked perplexed like "where is the moral lesson in this? what's the take away message about being kind to others?" but i love it - i guess i'm not as nice :) 5 words: percy on the train tracks. priceless.
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