Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau - OPTIONAL

LaReau, Kara The Infamous Ratsos, illustrated by Matt Myers. EARLY READER. Candlewick Press, 2016. $14.99. Content: G. 

Louie and Ralph Ratso want to show everyone what bad guys they are, but every one of their mean tricks turns out differently than they expected.  They steal a hat - turns out they stole it back from a bully. When their dad finds out what they’ve been doing, they start looking for ways to be kind and helpful. 

I’m not a big fan of naughty kids whose actions somehow turn around and make them heroes (like Curious George) so I struggle a little with the premise.  That being said, the illustrations are adorable, the story of boys wanting to be tough like their dad is sweet but the lesson seems a little contrived.   This early reader will be enjoyed by boys who might not like to read. 

EL (K-3) OPTIONAL  Lisa Librarian

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