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Niblet & Ralph

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Two pet cats switch places in this comically sweet story of mistaken identity, from beloved author-illustrator Zachariah OHora.

Niblet and Ralph may look a lot alike, but they are very different. Niblet loves noshing on crunchy potato chips. Ralph loves putting on headphones and jamming to his favorite records. But both cats have one thing in common: They love being friends
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Dial Books
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, cats
Two cats switch places, much to their owners' dismay, in this cute tale of feline mistaken identity, and newfound friendship. The author's bold and simple artwork works well with the story.

Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books

Niblet & Ralph are the two coolest cats around. They talk on the phone, eat chips, and listen to music. You have to meet them!

Look alike best friends, Niblet and Ralph, live next door to each other in the same apartment building. They talk on the phone and wave and share the sun together most days while their owners are away. But one day both Niblet and Ralph make a plan to visit each other, which leads to an accidental switcheroo. Can Niblet and Ralph get back home where they belong?

Our tale un
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love the unexpected, original elements, the artwork, and how the parents don't believe the kids but we as readers know the kids are right. ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cutest cat book you will read all year. (Loved the cameos from Momo and Nilson, too.)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all of the Ohora books I've read, this is my favorite. The story is very clever, and I can imagine it would be very fun to read with children. I pictured putting it up on a big screen and having students make observations and predictions. Why didn't they notice that their cats had reverse markings? I loved the line that perhaps the missing cat had "stepped into the litter box." One final question that wasn't answered: Do you think Niblet and Ralph are actually related? ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book with a fun backstory in the illustrations. It might also work well when studying symmetry.
Loved this one. Niblet and Ralph are two identical-seeming cats who live across the hall from each other in an apartment building. They know about each other, but their kid owners do not. Will the kid owners be able to put things right after the cats are switched?

There is a lot to appreciate here, from the visual clues (sharp-eyed readers will note that the cats are mirror images of each other, not identical, which, as another reviewer pointed out, could work in a lesson on symmetry), to the dou
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable tale of mistaken identity.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cutest!!
Vikki VanSickle
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The parent trap...with cats! Stylish art, cute story, sure to be a giggle-inducing favourite at storytime.
Two cats who live next door to one another accidentally swap places. (a cat Parent Trap)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute as a button!
Super cute. I love how the cats are friends and bring neighbors together!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! Minor qualm: calico cats are (almost all) female! Unless Ralph is one of the very few male calicos (who have an XXY chromosome pattern), in which case, I apologize for doubting him. He is an icon for a very underrepresented group.
Sarah T.
Cats, mistaken identities, new friends and CATS!
Lacey Louwagie
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A super cute book about friendship and the power of cats to bring people together, with adorable kitty illustrations on almost every page. My only bone -- doesn't OHora know how rare it is for a male cat to be calico? And yet BOTH Niblet and Ralph are calico and BOTH are male. The odds seem astronomically unlikely. And how hard would it have been to switch the gender pronouns for the cats? The story would have been exactly the same. Maybe I'll just read it that way from now on. My son loves the ...more
Ann Santori
SO CUTE. Love the illustrations, the casual inclusion of diversity, and the mild tension of the kitty 'Freaky Friday.' ...more
Tina Economou
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about cats that swap places & thus have mistaken identities!?! THIS BOOK WAS MADE FOR ME.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is PRECIOUS!!! The illustrations are both adorable and silly, such as Ralph hiding in a pair of pants on the clothesline to go visit Niblet. My heart swelled at these two kittens and their human companions!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It would be fun to pair this with Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee for a story time!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is clever fun, and I loved the funny scenarios the author came up with, especially the fact that he is quite apparently a classic music fan and record aficionado. See how many classic albums you can spot! However, male calico cats are a rare thing--rarer even than cats who talk on the phone!
Lauren Kramer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora follows the escapades of two mischievous cats. The clever Calicos have figured out that they live in the same apartment building. While they spend most of their days talking to each other on the phone, they soon decide to meet face to face.

Ralph uses a clothesline to make his way into Niblet's apartment. Meanwhile, Niblet pounces on the perfect opportunity to race across the hall to see his friend. Both cats decide to wait until the other returns.

When their owne
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a cute children's book about two cats who look-alike who live in the same apartment building. The owners, Gemma and Dilla, don't know that their cats have been talking to each other as these two kids don't know each other. One day Niblet decides to visit Ralph but when Niblet gets to Ralph's house, he is gone. The funny thing is that, this is the same day that Ralph has decided to visit Niblet and when Ralph gets to Niblet's house, Niblet is not there. Both cats decide just to wait for thei ...more
Renee Knoblauch
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an adorable children’s book. Two calicos who look alike discovered that they are in the same building decide they want to meet in person rather than talk on the phone. They decide to surprise one another. Except Ralph & Niblet both do it at the same time on a different route. They wait in each other’s homes. When there human kids return home from school they think that the cats have been cat napped. The parents think the kid’s imagination is running wild. The cats are each different in wha ...more
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Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah Ohora. PICTURE BOOK. Dial (Penguin), 2018. $18. 9780735227910



Two neighbors have cats that look the same and those cats are secretly friends. One day the cats get stuck in each others’ apartment when they intended to visit each other. Their owners suspect they don’t have the right cat now and go looking for them and end up finding not just their cats but a friendship in each other.

This book has a little bit of
Tayler K
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I saw the cat on the back cover and had to pick it up off the processing cart and read it. The illustration style is adorable and half the book is TEAL, my favorite color. I'm wearing a teal shirt today, actually.

Niblet and Ralph live in the same apartment building. Their people haven't met, but Ralph and Niblet are good friends. One day they decide to visit each other, but miss each other in passing and end up in the opposite apartment alone! When their people get home
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Niblet and Ralph are best friends - they are cats who look almost the same, but they are very different. All day they talk on the phone together, but one day, Ralph found a way to visit Niblet - and Niblet scampered across the hall into Ralphs apartment. Because neither was home, they waited. But when their people came home, the children notice that there is something wrong - their cats aren't behaving normally. However, without knowing that the cats have traded places, how will they figure out ...more
Eliot Reads
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awwdorable! The innocent effort of two curious cats, who have very different personalities but happen to look very similar, wanting to visit each other, lands them stuck in the wrong apartments. Their owners, Gemma and Dilla, quickly realize there’s something off about their pets and label the kitties “Fake Ralph” and “Not Niblet.” While out searching and handing out missing cat fliers, Gemma and Dilla literally run into each other and realize that they live across the hall in the same apartment ...more
This fun picture book will have readers looking twice at their own pets. Ralph and Niblet, two cats who look very similar and live in the same apartment building, are great friends. But no two friends are exactly alike. One day they decide to pay each other a visit. By mistake, Ralph winds up in Niblet's apartment while Niblet is over at Ralph's apartment. When their owners come home, each can tell right away that something isn't right. Young pet owners will certainly be able to relate to the co ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Really cute and funny, although the adults having no clue that the cats have reversed markings seemed a little weird. The kids, though, drawing the missing posters, really never look at the cats, either.
The story was delightful, especially the parts about the cats conversing on the phone. Their different tastes in food and music worked fine, and made sense. The final get-together was really cute. That said, the logic holes in the story kept me from giving it a fifth star. Those were just too wei
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Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of the New York Times best seller Wolfie the Bunny. His debut as an author, Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founders Award and was the 2012 State of PA Dept of Ed One book. His follow up, Not Fits Nilson! was named the Huffington Post Best Children's Book of 2013, a Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2013, a New York Public Library Book for Re ...more

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