The Infamous Ratsos

by Kara LaReau

Other authorsMatt Myers (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2016



Local notes






Candlewick (2016), 64 pages. $14.99.


Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.


Original language


Physical description

64 p.; 5.81 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member S_Trevor
The Infamous Ratsos is a book about two rat brothers who look up to their big tough dad, Big Lou. They love their dad for is toughness, so they hatch multiple plans to act mean and tough. Each of their plans accidentally misfires, and they end up doing something kind and nice! Word spreads of their
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generosity, and their dad sits them down and tells them how proud he is of his boys, and that sometimes, being nice is better than being tough.
This book has some undertones of dealing with poverty and loss. It's actually a really touching and sad book about dealing with a single-parent household. Good read-aloud about being kind, even when life is tough.
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LibraryThing member Lilly.Reid
Louie and Ralphie Ratso want to be the meanest, toughest guys in school. They keep trying to play evil pranks on their neighbors and friends, but their pranks keep ending up as good deeds! They think these pranks will impress their big, tough dad; see what happens when he finds out what they've
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been up to.
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LibraryThing member MeganTrue
I feel like this story had a good undertones of positivity. I felt like it would lend well to a lesson in proper self-image.
LibraryThing member electrascaife
Two kid brothers try to get a reputation for being bad rats, but every plan they have backfires on them, until the entire town thinks they're the nicest boys around.
Cute, and with a nice message. A good one for beginning readers.
LibraryThing member quondame
The Ratso brothers try so hard to be tough but find that it's tough to be tough.
LibraryThing member bookwyrmm
Funny chapter book with a good message.
LibraryThing member reader1009
Geisel Honor 2017 - not suitable for a readaloud with wiggly toddlers, but this early chapter-style book for beginning readers deserves the honor for providing an engaging and encouraging story for kids who are at that reading level.
LibraryThing member datrappert
The Ratso Brothers want to be tough--but they find out it isn't so easy. Highly recommended.




½ (25 ratings; 3.7)
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