Niblet & Ralph

By: Zachariah OHora


Two pet cats switch places this comically sweet story of mistaken identity. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.

ISBN: 9780735227910

JLG Release: Sep 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Cats , Mistaken identity , Individuality , Family life , Humorous stories , Urban life , Apartments

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Niblet and Ralph are cat friends that live in the same building, unbeknownst to their owners, Dilla and Gemma. They also happen to look remarkably alike, so when the felines decide to visit one another on the same day, they effectively trade places, again without the children’s knowledge. They each decide to wait for the other’s return, Niblet and Ralph are cat friends that live in the same building, unbeknownst to their owners, Dilla and Gemma. They also happen to look remarkably alike, so when the felines decide to visit one another on the same day, they effectively trade places, again without the children’s knowledge. They each decide to wait for the other’s return, which is where they are discovered by the unsuspecting boy and girl, both quick to realize that something is amiss. Not Niblet suddenly spurns Gemma’s hugs and hates his favorite song, and Fake Ralph ignores his favorite toy and treat. While the adults laugh at the youngsters’ suspicions, Gemma and Dilla turn detective to solve the mystery of the fraudulent cats. All’s well that ends well when the pets are restored to their respective homes and new friendships bloom. The bold acrylic illustrations adeptly capture city apartment life and feature whimsical details such as the cats chatting on old school land lines or their owners’ preposterous imaginings to explain their disappearances. VERDICT Readers will delight in this entertaining story and its happy resolution. A great read-aloud for a broad audience.—Barbara Auerbach, formerly at New York City Public Schools

Horn Book

"Gemma lives with her dad and her cat, Ralph, in an apartment across the hall from Dilla, his mom, and Dilla’s cat, Niblet. Though Gemma and Dilla have not yet met, Ralph and Niblet are fast friends, spending their days meowing at each other (via rotary phone) across the building’s courtyard. When each feline decides to sneak out and visit his "Gemma lives with her dad and her cat, Ralph, in an apartment across the hall from Dilla, his mom, and Dilla’s cat, Niblet. Though Gemma and Dilla have not yet met, Ralph and Niblet are fast friends, spending their days meowing at each other (via rotary phone) across the building’s courtyard. When each feline decides to sneak out and visit his friend, things go awry: they cross paths and end up at the other’s place. Gemma and Dilla return from school and notice something off. It takes a while to figure out the mix-up because—in a clever illustration choice that makes the whole thing plausible and very funny—the cats look a lot alike, their tabby markings almost mirror images of each other. Searching for their pets brings Gemma and Dilla together in friendship, and possibly more, as the final illustration shows two parents, two kids, and two cats enjoying a meal together. OHora’s text is spare and sly, and his thick-lined, saturated-hued acrylic illustrations provide details about the families. Dilla and his mom are into jazz and fine art; Gemma and her father own a movie projector and like the Grateful Dead and Velvet Underground; they both have record players (and the kids sleep with OHora character stuffies); and their neighborhood is casually diverse (a man sells raspados from a cart outside)." -Elissa Gershowitz, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9780735227910

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Cats, Mistaken identity, Individuality, Family life, Humorous stories, Urban life, Apartments,

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