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When Randolph Turned Rotten

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
MOST OF THE TIME, Randolph is very, very nice. But when his friend Ivy gets invited to a really great sleepover birthday party and he doesn't, Randolph feels a little left out, and sad, and mad. And then he goes a little crazy! Will he ever turn back to the nice friend he once was? We hope so! This nutty friendship story recognizes that even best friends aren't always good ...more
Library Binding, 40 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Oct 11, 2008 Liane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carly
Genre: Picture Book

Reading Level: Early

Topics & Themes: Friendship. Jealousy. Guilt. Sleepovers. Birthdays. Behavior. Forgiveness

Curricular Use: Guided-reading would be the best. Shared-reading and read-aloud would be too confusing with the text and pictures not in a typical pattern.

Social: Emotions. Forgiveness. Gender: Randolph not invited to the girls-only party

Literary Elements: Humor. Main characters a Beaver and a Duck

Text & Pictures: Interaction between text and pictures. Pictures
When Ivy receives an invitation to a sleepover, Randolph resents her excitement and constant chatter about the party. He hopes for the best (that she changes her mind) and the worst (that she has a lousy time). Randolph's conflicting emotions are captured truthfully; kids will recognize the feelings of anger and hurt.
May 07, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book about friendship. It is funny, fun, silly, and how to deal with jealousy.. and how to forgive. This book made me laugh and we will always have "don't eat the seesaw" "oh I am just smelling the wood"
Love Charise Mericle Harper. Love Flush: The Scoop on Poop Throughout the Ages, love Fashion Kitty, love love love The Monster Show: Everything You Never Knew About Monsters.

Her sense of humor and faux-naive maximalist illustration style are to love. And When Randolph Turned Rotten is the best yet! Every panel, every page will make my kids helpless with laughter. The moment when Randolph turns, he goes from Best Friend Randolph, with 'rainbow-filled-with-love-insides' (there's an arrow pointing
When Randolph the beaver learns that his best friend Ivy, the goose is invited to a girls-only sleepover party, he's a little bit jealous and whole-lot-of mad. So, he decides to pack Ivy's suitcase with things she doesn't need, tell her about the scary animals that live by the beach, and send her off with unnecessary worries. Then, he starts to feel guilty, because best friends don't sabotage their friends happiness.

What Randolph doesn't know, though, is that he just happened to pack the very t
Apr 09, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, children ages 4-8
Recommended to Jennifer by: Anna at U. Bookstore
It's impossible to resist Randolph and his "rotten-ness", in this quirky book about jealousy and friendship. This is a great read!

CIP: Best friends Randolph, a beaver, and Ivy, a goose, do everything together until Ivy is invited to a girls-only birthday sleepover party and Randolph, full of bad feelings, tries to spoil her fun.

"A charmer of a read." Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will recognize a bit of theirselves in Randolph." School Library Journal (starred review)
Apr 26, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter loved this book.
This is a decent story about jealousy, being mean to a friend, and the guilty feelings that result. The pages are more interactive than usual with dialogue between characters as well as the story's narration. Recommended for children in primary grades, particularly those having problems with behavior.
The Brothers
Randolph's best friend Ivy is invited to a "girls only" party and Randolph can't help but feel a bit bitter about it. He tries to ruin the experience for Ivy, but in the end his mean intentions actually save the day.

Okay illustrations.
Jan 10, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about jealousy and friendship. Our girls enjoyed it, especially the part about the campfire on the beach. It's a good story to read aloud to children before starting a conversation about how to be a good friend.
Jul 02, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randolph is normally a really nice beaver, but when his best friend Ivy the goose gets invited to a girls only party, Randolph gets really naughty and then later regrets his actions.
Jan 28, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like the narration interspersed with the cartoon conversations. When I read a book aloud I want to read from start to finish, not stop to read the comic.
Rebecca Dean
This is a great book for children to read. Friendship are very fragile at this age so it is important for them to know what jealousy is and how to deal with it.
not a good read aloud for girls or storytime. has little cartoon bubbles throughout that accompany the story text.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this is a great book and i recommend it to everyone
Adrienne Furness
Jan 03, 2008 Adrienne Furness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This made me laugh out loud--funny *and* true.
Jul 14, 2008 Cana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute illustrations. Good story.
Apr 04, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks, 2008, knopf
I love the tight marshmallow necklace!!
Oct 22, 2008 Henry&Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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