The Infamous Ratsos
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers
Being tough can be hard! That’s what Louie and Ralphie Ratso realize after numerous failed tries to demonstrate their toughness. Wanting to be tough, like their father Big Lou, they attempt a series of pranks, only to have them backfire with hilarious results. A heartwarming ending brought this humorous tale to a satisfying conclusion.
This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Fortunately, I recently purchased it for my school’s e-book collection, something I was quite happy about yesterday when I had an unexpected snow day. This book was full of laugh out loud moments for me that I had to share with my husband. I can see why this story recently was named a Geisel Honor book – its short chapters, engaging illustrations, and funny storyline make this a great choice for growing readers looking for their first chapter book. I hope that Kara LaReau plans to continue the tales of this hilarious rat family!