Thursday, July 18, 2013
When Randolph Turned Rotten
Author & Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Year: 2007
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Publisher's Weekly starred review, Junior Library Guild selection
Summary: Two friends Randolph and Ivy are roommates. Ivy gets invited to a sleepover birthday party, but Randolph feels left out that he didn't get invited. Randolph gets mad and starts to hope that Ivy has a horrible time. His insides turn horrible, rotten, awful, and icky; and he does mean things to ruin Ivy's party. Then he starts to feel guilty. Meanwhile, Ivy accidentally locks the party-goers out of the house, but Randolph's "mean" additions to her bag end up saving the day. When Ivy gets home, Randolph apologizes and Ivy shares her stories of the beach party. The comic strip type illustrations are wonderful with details that kids will want to pour over.
Classroom Ideas: This book can be used to show how feelings become actions- it would be a great book for a guidance counselor or a teacher to use when talking about bullying. Randolph is an excellent character to talk about.