When Randolph Turned Rotten

When Randolph

Turned Rotten

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By Charise Mericle Harper

Best friends Randolph and Ivy do everything together until one day Ivy is invited to a girls-only sleepover at her cousin’s beach house. She is very excited, but her constant chatter about the party has her friend feeling left out and jealous. That’s when Randolph turns rotten and tries to make sure Ivy doesn’t have any fun at the sleepover by encouraging her to pack some very heavy and very unusual items.

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Questions and Activities



  1. What does rotten mean?
  2. How do you think Randolph turned rotten?
  3. After something rots, is there any way for it to become not rotten?


  1. What things did Randolph and Ivy do together? Read, ate and played.
  2. How did Randolph feel when Ivy told him about her invitation? Sad and left out. What did he do instead of talking it out with Ivy? He wished for things to be different.
  3. What was Randolph’s last wish? He wished Ivy would have a bad time at the party. How did he feel after making that wish? He began to feel horrible inside.
  4. What could Randolph have chosen to do instead of wishing horrible wishes and feeling icky inside? He could have talked it out with Ivy and asked her for help.
  5. Randolph packed many things for Ivy in hopes of making her very tired and frightened when she arrived at the party. What happened despite Randolph’s rotten packing? Ivy used the items to make the party a success.