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Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

by Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated By Pete Oswald


Scholastic Press
March 2020


Fiction
Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3


* "This well-crafted story is an excellent choice for those seeking books featuring conflict-resolution." -- Booklist, starred review

In 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.
Carmen Agra Deedy

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 carmenagradeedy.com.
Pete Oswald

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 and The Good Egg 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 peteoswald.tumblr.com.

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