Clever Early Chapter Book

I love it when I find a clever early chapter book.  So often these books can be a little dull, feel too immature for their audience or dabble in more potty humor than I need.  The book I am profiling today is a great look at two brothers who are trying to cultivate their bad boy images, but every nasty deed turns into something kind and helpful.  Their frustration is palatable and oh so funny.

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Title: The Infamous Ratsosinfamous ratsos clever early chapter book

Author: Kara Lareau

Target: Kindergarten – Grade 3

Series: No

What this book is about:

Louie and Ralphie Ratso want to be tough, just like their dad, Big Lou. They work hard to find ways to make themselves look rough and tumble like stealing a kid’s hat, and blocking the front door of the local shops owner’s store with snow. The problem is that all their misdeeds backfire and they end up doing good deeds instead. Just when they feel defeated, their dad finds out about their kind turns and tells them making life better for others is what it is all about, not making life tough.

Why I love this book:

  • This is a great, funny premise for a story. I loved reading about all the terrible things the Ratso brothers were going to do that turned into helpful solutions for their neighbors. Their “failures” lead to great learning experiences.
  • The illustrations by Matt Myers are a great compliment to the story. These guys are tough but oh so cute at the same time.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids just starting chapter books. Print is large and the pictures are plentiful. The story is clever enough for older struggling readers as well.

Final thoughts:

Even troublemakers can turn out to be pretty good kids.

To purchase this book:

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