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Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

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Have you ever been REALLY mad at your best friend?

* This well-crafted story is an excellent choice for those seeking books featuring conflict-resolution. -- Booklist, starred reviewIn two little houses, on two little hills, lived two best friends...So begins the story of Rita and Ralph. Every day they meet to play beneath the apple tree. It's always fun and games -- until one roundly rotten day when a new game means someone ends up crying. Who knew it could be so hard to say I'm sorry?Just when it seems nothing will ever be right again, a surprising thing happens. The old friends try something new, that isn't new at all. Something they've done a hundred times...Carmen Agra Deedy's brilliant storytelling combined with Pete Oswald's spirited illustrations make for a comforting tale of healing and true friendship.

Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 03/03/2020
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 7.80h x 12.30w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781338216387
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.8
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 508184 / Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2019
Publishers Weekly 12/09/2019
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2020
Booklist 02/15/2020 pg. 78
Shelf Awareness 03/06/2020
School Library Journal 03/06/2020 pg. 1
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2020 pg. 95
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Carmen Agra Deedy is one of America's foremost storytellers. Her many award-winning books include The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!; Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, which received a Pura Belpré Honor; and her New York Times bestseller 14 Cows for America. Carmen was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. You can learn more about her work at

PETE OSWALD is a fine-arts painter, an animator, an author, and an illustrator. He illustrated the New York Times bestselling books The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean by Jory John. He has also worked as a character designer and concept artist on the movies Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman. Pete lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and their three sons. You can visit him online at

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