READING CORNER | ROTTEN RALPH

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Rotten Ralph is a mean dude. If he’s not ripping off your favorite doll’s head, he is making fun of you while you practice ballet, or blowing soap bubbles through your dad’s pipe. He is as rotten as they come. In the first of the series, Ralph’s family gets so sick of his antics that they leave him at the zoo to fend for himself and he ends up sleeping by the trashcans, with mice nibbling on his toes. Happy ending though, and a good life lesson for wee ones right? Don’t mess up kid, or you’ll be out on your ear! Just kidding, I know your sweethearts could never be as cruel as Ralph… Check out this refreshing bad-guy series and you will never look at a bright red, crooked-whiskered cat in the same way again.

Oh, and those beautifully wacky illustrations? They are by the wonderful Nicole Rubel. There is an equally funky and revealing interview with her here, where she tells her story of being the underappreciated and “untalented” twin to the always-so-perfect sister (sounds like perfect fodder for a Ralph in her future)…

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