The Infamous Ratsos

by Kara LaReau and Matthew Myers

Two rat brothers, Louie and Ralphie, live with their hard-as-nails father in a big... read more

Two rat brothers, Louie and Ralphie, live with their hard-as-nails father in a big city. They aspire to be as mean as their dad, so they constantly scheme ways to prove their toughness. Each episodic chapter recounts a different mean thing they plan and execute; however, each ends up having the opposite effect. For example, when they snatch a big bully’s hat right off his head, they are lauded for doing so—it turns out the bully had stolen the hat from a much smaller kid. When they make a sandwich with all the gross stuff in their fridge to give to a new student, Fluffy Rabbitski, it turns out to be all of her favorite foods. The chapters are short and snappy, and each one has a funny and surprising reversal. (Ages 6–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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