The Infamous Ratsos

The Infamous Ratsos

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763676360
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Myers, Matthew 1960-


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MelissaStorytime Jul 29, 2019

Two brothers, trying to be tough, discover that there is a lot of strength in being kind. It's a sweet message, told in a clever and funny way. This is a book that will appeal to readers PrK-3rd grade. This is a 3rd grade reading level, but younger readers love the story being read to them. This is a good 1st chapter book for parents and kids to share.

Dec 11, 2017

My 4 and 6 yr old loved these stories. The infamous ratsos. Funny and original!

JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2017

Children, more than anyone else, are quick to indignation about life's unfairness. Often such ire is about getting in trouble for actions meant to be helpful that led to unintended consequences. Louie and Ralphie have the opposite problem: no matter what they do in the pursuit of causing trouble, they get praised for being considerate and kind.

Their problems stem from an innocent misunderstanding. The 3rd and 5th graders lost their mother a little while back, and they're being raised by their truck-driver father. Big Lou has responded to this difficulty by stoically praising the virtues of toughness. His boys have taken the message to heart, aspiring above all else to be "tough." And, in their minds, that means causing trouble. Thus their repeated disappointment at failing to gain a reputation as troublemakers despite their constant schemes.

While each outcome vexes the boys, it amuses readers--both the surprise twists themselves and the brothers' disgusted reactions to recognition that kids would normally love. This is a short, easy, accessible read that is funny and uplifting.

Aug 09, 2016

Oh my gosh, what a cute little book! Adorable short must read. Two brothers are going to be "tough" by being bullies but it backfires it the cutest way.

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