The Infamous Ratsos

The Infamous Ratsos

Book - 2017/09
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A 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Louie and Ralphie Ratso are no softies! Readers are sure to chuckle as the determined Ratso brothers' plans to act tough go hilariously awry.

Louie and Ralphie Ratso's dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they're going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What'll Big Lou do when he finds out they've been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.
Publisher: Candlewick Press 2017/09
ISBN: 9780763698751
076369875X
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER

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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.

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joywolf83
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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