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Monday 6 June 2016

Review: Ralf

Ralf is just the cutest dog. He's a sausage dog, and that makes him a very long dog indeed.

His family love him very much, but they're becoming rather frustrated by Ralf's long, sausagey body. He just keeps getting in the way, taking up so much space. The bed. The bath. Things are getting so irritating, one evening he's told -- 'GET OUT!'

Poor Ralf. He's in the doghouse. Literally.

But then, what's that? Sniff sniff. Smoke!


It's Ralf to the rescue! But as he scurries through the doggie door, his backside gets caught. He can't move! Not to worry--Ralf is a long, long dog--can he become even longer?

With a little bit of stretching and manoeuvering, can he save his family?

Kids will love the kookiness of this book--where a dog becomes a sort of super hero. Given the love, aid and healing dogs bring into our lives, being a sort of super hero is certainly not a stretch (although in Ralf's case, it literally is a stretch!) and many will warmly relate to the messaging of this adorable story.

Vibrantly-inked illustrations with block colour and dynamic layout will entrance babies and toddlers as much as young poppets straddling early childhood.

Title: Ralf
Author/Illustrator: Jean Jullien
Publisher: Frances Lincoln, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 February 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780733334832
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book