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RRRALPH by Lois Ehlert Kirkus Star


by Lois Ehlert & illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 24th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-1305-4
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

What would it be like to have a talking dog? Well, believe it or not, Ralph, the button-eyed, white-and-black puppy, actually can talk. When he arrives at his new home, the narrator asks, “What’s your name?” Ralph responds with an energetic “RRRALPH RALPH.” Readers might not get the joke at first, but when Ralph disappears, the unseen narrator asks, “Hey, Ralph! Where are you?” This brings the response, “ROOF ROOF.” Though the trick quickly reveals itself, the questions to canine continue, allowing the young readers and listeners a chance to riddle through the answers. The query, “Ralph, what’s on that tree,” allows children to think, “Leaves? A bird? Branches? Bark? BARK!” Yes, bark. Ehlert’s collages invite close inspection. Ralph is made of textured paper for his body, buttons for eyes, a soda-can-tab nose and a zipper for teeth. The oversized font on super-saturated shiny paper makes this an especially good book for shared reading. Even from the back of the room, children will be able to read along. The color-coded font allows for easy readers theater, too. Bold and bright, filled with kid-pleasing riddles and collage illustrations, this is a perfect offering for new readers and storytime. Will these young readers want to create a sequel? Yip! Yip! (Picture book. 4-8)