Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. They launched the Rotten Ralph Readers in 2001 with Rotten Ralph Helps Out. In addition to the Rotten Ralph books, Jack Gantos is the author of Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole Rubel's many books include Twice as Nice: What It's Like to Be a Twin and Grody's Not So Golden Rules. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.
PreS-Gr 2-While visiting his cousin Percy, Rotten Ralph the cat and his human friend Sarah go to the carnival where Percy wins toys to give to Sarah. Rotten Ralph is jealous and decides to cheat at every game so that he may also give Sarah some prizes. As soon as Sarah and Percy realize the underhanded means that Ralph used to win, they encourage him to return the prizes and make amends for the way that he behaved. Author Jack Gantos provides a clear, well-paced reading of his picture book (Farrar, Straus, 2002) that reflects the spirit of the story and complements Nicole Rubel's bold illustrations. Subtle sound effects set the scene. The story may be listened to with or without page-turn signals. Newcomers as well as fans of Rotten Ralph will enjoy this fun story.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.