School for Bandits

Overview

Ralph Raccoon looks perfectly normal. But he doesn't act normal at all. He's disturbingly well behaved, clean and tidy, shockingly polite, and he even brushes his teeth!  Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are worried—how will Ralph ever become a great raccoon bandit like Grandpa Cutlass or Uncle Whiskers?  It's time Ralph learned some bad manners . . . at Bandit School.

Ralph has no chance of winning the "Best Bandit in School" competition—he's not very bandit-like at all. But ...

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Overview

Ralph Raccoon looks perfectly normal. But he doesn't act normal at all. He's disturbingly well behaved, clean and tidy, shockingly polite, and he even brushes his teeth!  Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are worried—how will Ralph ever become a great raccoon bandit like Grandpa Cutlass or Uncle Whiskers?  It's time Ralph learned some bad manners . . . at Bandit School.

Ralph has no chance of winning the "Best Bandit in School" competition—he's not very bandit-like at all. But sometimes good manners can be useful, and Ralph just might surprise everyone--including himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Concerned about their son Ralph's "shockingly polite" behavior, Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon send him to "Bandit School" in this fish-out-of-water story. While Shaw's scraggly raccoons fight, create stink bombs, and throw food, Ralph gets it wrong ("Ralph Raccoon! You must learn to take things that aren't yours without asking," Mrs. Mischief scolds). But when it's time for the Best Bandit in School competition, Ralph learns that he doesn't have to compromise his morals to win. While it can be tough to root for the goody-goody character (especially when the others are having so much fun), the promise of piles of candy for good behavior (and the threat of incarceration for bad) certainly helps. Ages 5–8. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Ralph's parents are worried about him. A good raccoon is not supposed to be clean, tidy, and polite, but their son is all of those things. They are so concerned about his behavior that they enroll him in a school for bandits to learn the bad manners that every raccoon must possess. His teacher, Mrs. Mischief, is disappointed in his progress, and his classmates make fun of him. Given the assignment to return after a vacation with a bag of loot acquired by dishonest means, Ralph surprises them with a heavy sack of goodies and wins the Best Bandit Competition. When the other students learn that he received the treats in return for doing good deeds, he teaches them to change their ways and their perceptions of what a good raccoon should be. He becomes a role model and the pride of his parents. This clever story is packed with childlike humor. The pen-and-ink drawings are in bold colors and are full of action and creative details. There is so much to explore that children will want to read this picture book again and again.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867682
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,399,069
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

HANNAH SHAW graduated from Brighton University with a BA in illustration and now lives in a tiny Cotswold village with a blacksmith named Ben and with Ren, a crazy, long-legged dog who thinks he is human. Hannah says her town is "very quaint, but nothing happens! Hence, I have to let my imagination run riot."

Sneaky Weasel, the first children's book that Hannah both wrote and illustrated, received two starred reviews. She is also the author/illustrator of Erroll on the Knopf list and the illustrator of The Sleep Sheep by Anna McQuinn and Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All! by Sean Taylor.

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