Stay Away from Rat Boy!

Stay Away from Rat Boy!

by Laurie Lears, Red Hansen
     
 

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Tyler isn't nice to the other kids at school. He doesn't care about anyone…until he gets to know the class pet, a white rat named Snowball. Then Tyler tells everyone his new name is Rat Boy! Now all the kids are afraid of him. His teacher tries to talk to him about how he can be a better friend. But Bully Rat Boy doesn't need any friend but Snowball. Then

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Tyler isn't nice to the other kids at school. He doesn't care about anyone…until he gets to know the class pet, a white rat named Snowball. Then Tyler tells everyone his new name is Rat Boy! Now all the kids are afraid of him. His teacher tries to talk to him about how he can be a better friend. But Bully Rat Boy doesn't need any friend but Snowball. Then one day Snowball chews the string on his cage door and escapes. The children can't find Snowball anywhere. Rat Boy feels awful. He even hangs reward posters around the school. When the cook finds Snowball in the storage closet, she tells Rat Boy to grab a friend and catch the rat. But who will help Rat Boy? He has no friends.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Tyler is a bully who pushes ahead in line, steals lunches, and laughs at the misfortunes of others. No reason for this angry behavior is ever suggested. His punishment is to be sent to the Time-Out Chair, which happens to be close to the class pet's cage. Tyler begins to take an interest in Snowball the Rat, but meanwhile his aggressive behavior with the other children escalates. He has now dubbed himself "Rat Boy," which makes him feel even tougher as he chases the other children off the swings. His teacher makes one feeble attempt to discuss his behavior, but as "Rat Boy didn't want to talk. He liked to act tough," she seems to just let the matter drop. When Snowball disappears, the child is devastated. No one will help in the search, but when the animal is discovered in a storage closet, a child he had previously terrorized offers to assist him-and Rat Boy is almost instantly reformed. As in several other books about bullying, including Audrey Penn's Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully (Tanglewood Press, 2008), the onus seems to be on the victim to rectify the situation, without any assistance from ineffectual teachers. Hansen's computer-generated art features muddy greens and dark blues that lend the book a depressing air.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807567890
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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