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Niblet & Ralph

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  201 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Two pet cats switch places in this comically sweet story of mistaken identity, from beloved author-illustrator Zachariah OHora.

Niblet and Ralph may look a lot alike, but they are very different. Niblet loves noshing on crunchy potato chips. Ralph loves putting on headphones and jamming to his favorite records. But both cats have one thing in common: They love being friends
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Dial Books
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Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love the unexpected, original elements, the artwork, and how the parents don't believe the kids but we as readers know the kids are right.
Rebecca Honeycutt
The cutest cat book you will read all year. (Loved the cameos from Momo and Nilson, too.)
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book with a fun backstory in the illustrations. It might also work well when studying symmetry.
Loved this one. Niblet and Ralph are two identical-seeming cats who live across the hall from each other in an apartment building. They know about each other, but their kid owners do not. Will the kid owners be able to put things right after the cats are switched?

There is a lot to appreciate here, from the visual clues (sharp-eyed readers will note that the cats are mirror images of each other, not identical, which, as another reviewer pointed out, could work in a lesson on symmetry), to the dou
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cutest!!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable tale of mistaken identity.
Two cats who live next door to one another accidentally swap places. (a cat Parent Trap)
Vikki VanSickle
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The parent trap...with cats! Stylish art, cute story, sure to be a giggle-inducing favourite at storytime.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is PRECIOUS!!! The illustrations are both adorable and silly, such as Ralph hiding in a pair of pants on the clothesline to go visit Niblet. My heart swelled at these two kittens and their human companions!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It would be fun to pair this with Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee for a story time!
Lauren Kramer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora follows the escapades of two mischievous cats. The clever Calicos have figured out that they live in the same apartment building. While they spend most of their days talking to each other on the phone, they soon decide to meet face to face.

Ralph uses a clothesline to make his way into Niblet's apartment. Meanwhile, Niblet pounces on the perfect opportunity to race across the hall to see his friend. Both cats decide to wait until the other returns.

When their
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a cute children's book about two cats who look-alike who live in the same apartment building. The owners, Gemma and Dilla, don't know that their cats have been talking to each other as these two kids don't know each other. One day Niblet decides to visit Ralph but when Niblet gets to Ralph's house, he is gone. The funny thing is that, this is the same day that Ralph has decided to visit Niblet and when Ralph gets to Niblet's house, Niblet is not there. Both cats decide just to wait for thei ...more
Tayler K
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I saw the cat on the back cover and had to pick it up off the processing cart and read it. The illustration style is adorable and half the book is TEAL, my favorite color. I'm wearing a teal shirt today, actually.

Niblet and Ralph live in the same apartment building. Their people haven't met, but Ralph and Niblet are good friends. One day they decide to visit each other, but miss each other in passing and end up in the opposite apartment alone! When their people get home
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Niblet and Ralph are best friends - they are cats who look almost the same, but they are very different. All day they talk on the phone together, but one day, Ralph found a way to visit Niblet - and Niblet scampered across the hall into Ralphs apartment. Because neither was home, they waited. But when their people came home, the children notice that there is something wrong - their cats aren't behaving normally. However, without knowing that the cats have traded places, how will they figure out ...more
This fun picture book will have readers looking twice at their own pets. Ralph and Niblet, two cats who look very similar and live in the same apartment building, are great friends. But no two friends are exactly alike. One day they decide to pay each other a visit. By mistake, Ralph winds up in Niblet's apartment while Niblet is over at Ralph's apartment. When their owners come home, each can tell right away that something isn't right. Young pet owners will certainly be able to relate to the co ...more
Erin Buhr
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story of two cats and their owners. I love the urban setting. I love the names chosen for the characters. I love the parallel stories. I love how the friendship of two cats brings together two families who live in the same building but haven't met. I love the way the illustrations are used to let the reader in on little gaps in the story that the characters miss. There is so much to love among these pages. A delightful book to share.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and sweet friendship story, complete with all the little details that Ohora fans always love. The cats and kids in this one are a great pairing and the whole lost-and-found plotline works well. Also, thunbs up on the palette choices. Finally, I can't help loving the cover art... suitable for framing and a place on a wall at any cat cafe worth its salt, IMHO.

Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the review copy.
Margaret Boling
7/6/2018 ~~ Thanks to my in-laws for giving me this book as a birthday gift. Isn't it great when family members know your passions? cats, books, friendship.

This book would spark good conversations among children about friendship: sometimes we can be friends even though we have different interests. Also, about knowing something is true and acting on your beliefs, even if the adults in your life don't believe you.
Raven Black
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Real classic look to it gives it a refreshing look, actually. The mix-up is funny and the fact that the families are "different" but it's not made a big deal of is also refreshing. The symbol of Niblet and Ralph almost the same is also not obvious: the families are different: one is a mom and child, one a dad and child; they are different races. But also the same: single parents, both love cats. They are similar ages.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: juv-pic
This picture book is about two cats, Niblet and Ralph, who live in the same building and become close friends. One day, the cats decide to visit each other but are surprised to find the other is not home. They both decide to wait until their friend arrives. When their owners come home, they do not realize that the wrong cat is at their house because they look alike. However, as time goes on the owners notice that something is different is about their cats and begin to believe their pets are impo ...more
Leah Moore
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Niblet and Ralph are best friends: they talk on the phone every day (meow!) and share hobbies (napping and purring). But they have never actually met! Will they find a way? A cute parallel story of best friendship between cats and new friendship between humans. Sixties-esque pictures and a great layout make this story a joy. Purrrfect for story time!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zach OHora came to visit my public library in April and we were so excited when he told us he had a new book coming out. I love Niblet & Ralph and I think the kiddos at my library will as well. The illustrations are really cool and who doesn't lose track of their pets every once in a while??!! If you're a fan of OHora, you definitely have to read this one!
Ashley Adkins
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this with my two boys, ages 9 and 10, and they enjoyed this cute story about two cats. We have two cats of our own so I think they enjoyed that connection. The color of the cats and the trick that this plays in the story was entertaining and creative. The text was straight forward and my boys knew what was going to happen within the first couple pages. Love the headphones. :)
I love this book for featuring clever cats, clueless people, a very cute cat butt and the cover of A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory. Tote adorbs! And a good underlying theme of neighborliness.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Niblet and Ralph are friends. They visit all day while their owners are gone. They decide to visit each other and get trapped in the other's apartment. The owners figure out they have the wrong cat but not how it happened. Eventually, everyone gets back where they belong and new friends are found.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, animals, funny
This book was hilarious and adorable. I'm not even a cat person, and I loved it. I think some of the pictures are too small for storytime, including ones that are important like the cats traversing the clothesline in the clothes, but I think it'd be GREAT for one-on-one sharing.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun stories about mistaken feline identities. I love the subtext about the possibility of the relationship between the mom and the dad at the end. Little details like that can really push a picture book to the next level.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked bold lines and strong colors of the illustrations. I, also, liked the story features an African-American boy as one of the characters. Great for bedtime/story time reading due to the brevity of the text on each page.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, kids
A kitty mix-up inadvertently brings two neighboring families together. This book is adorable. I love the bold lines and colors, the multicultural city setting, and the fact that Niblet and Ralph talk (meow) to each other on the phone.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very clever and cute book about 2 cats who are very similar, yet very different. The illustrations play an important part of this story.

Hopefully the author will continue this storyline with more books about these 2 friends.
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Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of the New York Times best seller Wolfie the Bunny. His debut as an author, Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founders Award and was the 2012 State of PA Dept of Ed One book. His follow up, Not Fits Nilson! was named the Huffington Post Best Children's Book of 2013, a Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2013, a New York Public Library Book for Re ...more
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