Jack Gantos, Author, Nicole Rubel, Illustrator , illus. by Nicole Rubel. FSG $14 (48p) ISBN 978-0-374-36355-0

Fans of Gantos's irrepressible Ralph who are ready to graduate from picture books will eagerly leap into this early chapter book, the first installment of the Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader series. Not surprisingly, the disaster-prone feline initially does not help out at all, but rather comically wreaks havoc as he accompanies Sarah to the library. While she researches a school project on the Egyptians, Ralph constructs a pyramid out of books and practices writing hieroglyphics on the walls. Back home, the rambunctious cat, more determined than ever to offer assistance, proceeds to flood the bathroom when Sarah suggests they build a model of an Egyptian boat; he also fills the living room with sand and palm trees when she considers building a desert oasis. In a pleasing if predictable turnabout, Ralph comes to Sarah's rescue when he dresses up as the Sphinx to provide her with a winning project for school. The author sprinkles his lighthearted narrative with facts about ancient Egyptian culture and lifestyle. His animated pictures feature ample amusing particulars and reveal the less-than-rotten Ralph with a range of diverting facial expressions. Gantos gets it right again. Ages 6-8. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 07/02/2001
Release date: 08/01/2001
Show other formats
Prebound-Sewn - 48 pages - 978-0-606-23784-0
Paperback - 47 pages - 978-0-374-46355-7
Prebound-Other - 48 pages - 978-0-606-32867-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-59519-677-4
Compact Disc - 1 pages - 978-1-59519-679-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-59519-675-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59519-678-1
Analog Audio Cassette - 1 pages - 978-1-59519-674-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59519-676-7
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-0-312-67281-2
Hardcover - 48 pages - 978-0-312-64172-6
Ebook - 48 pages - 978-1-4668-1530-8
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 48 pages - 978-1-4668-1531-5
Ebook - 48 pages - 978-1-4668-1529-2
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.