Best in Show for Rotten Ralph (Hardcover)

By Jack Gantos, Nicole Rubel (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374363581, 46pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2005



"To thine own self be true."

The cat show is coming to town and Rotten Ralph is hungry for glory and desperate to defeat his perfect cousin Percy, whatever it takes. According to Sarah, Ralph has to stop being a lazy scoundrel and follow her regimen to achieve poise and polish. When the competition gets under way, Ralph pretends to be something he's not, and fails. Just in time, Ralph decides victory can be his only if he stops pretending and really lets the fur fly.

With eye-popping art and an ingeniously comic text, this fourth book in the appealing series for beginning readers follows everyone's favorite red-furred rascal on his path to a wholly satisfying last laugh

About the Author

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.

Praise For Best in Show for Rotten Ralph

"Lively and entertaining. Rubel's wonderfully wonky and bright color illustrations add character expression and humor. Gantos gives kids everything they want in an early reader: a plotline with plenty of laughs, interesting characters, and a manageable reading experience." -- School Library Journal

"There are no surprises here for youngsters familiar with the series, and therein lies the strength of this entry: Ralph is rotten to the core, and the joy for beginning readers comes from seeing just how rotten rotten can be." -- The Horn Book

"New readers will be won over by the hilarious antics of the individual who stays true to his irrepressible self." -- Booklist