The Infamous Ratsos

The Infamous Ratsos


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763698751
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Infamous Ratsos Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 184,799
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kara LaReau is the author of a number of picture books, including Ugly Fish, Mr. Prickles, and Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars, all illustrated by Scott Magoon. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her family.

Matt Myers is the illustrator of E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help from a Hen by Judy Sierra, and Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind by Gary Ross, as well as many other books for young readers. Matt Myers lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Infamous Ratsos 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book about two brothers who want to prove to their father they are tough. They keep trying to do tough things, but they keep turning out all wrong. It's about living up to family expectations and learning that things are not always as they seem. It's a sweet story and I love the lesson my 5 year old took from it.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The Infamous Ratsos What a cute little series for early readers. The first book in the series is The Infamous Ratsos and it consists of two brothers who live with their father in the city. Their father Big Lou is tough and they want to be like him so they try to be tough also. They think of ways that they can look tough to others and perform these tasks but unfortunately these tasks backfire on them. Individuals begin to like the brothers and this prompts the brothers to try even harder on their task but nothing is going their way. I thought it was comical reading the brothers antics to achieve this status. Each time they would try harder to be tougher but nothing was working. The ending was great and I loved how this family came together. In The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid, we have the same brothers Louie and Ralphie from the first novel but now we are introduced to some of their friends. In this novel, the brothers don’t want the carnival to end so they decide to create their own carnival with help from their friends. They can get their supplies in a lot in their neighborhood that is piled high with junk but there is a problem. Next to that lot is a Haunted House! The brothers see movement in one of the windows in that house which scares them but before their carnival can open, someone will have to see what is inside that old, mysterious house. I enjoyed seeing their friends helping out getting the carnival ready and taking an active part in the games. I enjoyed the brothers in this novel as they had fun, they had to handle some challenging situations and they worked together. This was a fun, entertaining book that had me laughing as these friends discovered the world outside their doors. Inside these novels you will find a lot of words with an illustration on about every other page (1/2 page or a full page black-and-white illustration). The text is larger in size for early readers and I think children will enjoy these books for their subject matter, the illustrations and their ability to read the text.