Neighbor cat friends Niblet and Ralph bear a striking resemblance to each other so when simultaneously decide to try and visit each other, they accidentally switch places and end up stuck in each other's apartments. Only their child companions realize they're not the same cats. Ralph loves listening to music on headphones and Niblet loves eating chips, so when the cats suddenly don’t love their favorite things, the kids go out looking for their lost cats and bang! They run into each other. They realize they’re neighbors and that their cats have been best friends this whole time! The sweetest tale of two quirky cats and their initially failed but ultimately successful attempt to just hang out with each other and how they bring their two families together. And the illustration of Niblet (mistaken for Ralph) wearing headphones is only one of the cutest images in this adorably heartwarming book.
“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!”
— Leah Moore, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
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 and waving to each other from their windows across the courtyard of the apartment building they live in.
One day, Niblet and Ralph decide it's time to meet in person (or in cat?). But when they mistakenly end up at each other's apartments, their owners think that Niblet is Ralph, and Ralph is Niblet! Will Niblet and Ralph be able to switch back to their proper homes, or will they be stuck listening to music (ugh) and eating chips (gross) forever? Better still, will they be able to bring their lovable (if not very observant) human families together?
With zany humor and bold, bright art, Zachariah OHora creates a purrrfect picture book for kids, adults, and pets of all ages to enjoy.
About the Author
Zachariah OHora is the author-illustrator of the acclaimed books No Fits, Nilson!, My Cousin Momo, and The Not So Quiet Library, and the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Wolfie the Bunny. He lives and works in Narberth, PA, with his wife and sons.