Rotten Ralph Helps OutRotten Ralph Rotten Readers (Volume 1)
Jack Gantos; Illustrated by Nicole Rubel
"Rotten Ralph is one cat who can make reading fun for kids. And he does!" --Marc Brown
Sarah needs a topic for her school project on ancient Egypt. Her rotten red cat, Ralph, thinks history is a bore. Only after he spoils a research trip to the library does Ralph decide to help. According to Sarah, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were wise and had special powers. And Rotten Ralph knows he can prove them right!
This antic adventure is the first Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader, a rambunctious new series for beginning readers.
Parents' Choice Honor Books
Praise for Rotten Ralph Helps Out
“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.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Rotten Ralph's bouncy, semi-bad behavior and amusing antics have been delighting children for years in the long-running series. . . . Now the irrepressible Ralph has moved on to ‘Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers' in this upper-level easy reader with an Egyptian theme. . . . Rubel's flat, stylized illustrations in full color are a natural complement to the Egyptian style of art, and she adds a good deal of additional information on ancient Egyptian culture through her illustrations.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The text's short sentences and dialogue are basic enough for new readers while imparting plenty of interesting facts about the Egyptians.” —Booklist
“Rotten Ralph is one cat who can make reading fun for kids. And he does!” —Marc Brown
In the Press
Read the Kirkus Review of ROTTEN RALPH HELPS OUT . Rotten Ralph's bouncy, semi-bad behavior and amusing antics have been delighting children for years in the long-running series from the versatile Gantos (Joey Pigza Loses Control, 2000, etc.). - Kirkus Reviews