The Infamous Ratsos: Giveaway Winners

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Chapter Book Giveaway

For Educators, Librarians
& Literacy Organizations
Serving Grades 01-04


We gave away 24 copies
thanks to Candlewick Press!






9780763676360The Infamous Ratsos
By Kara LaReau
Illustrated by Matt Myers
Published by Candlewick Press
Age Range: 5 – 8 Years

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.

“Louie and Ralphie Ratso are determined to be as tough as their truck-driver father, but the rats’ efforts go hilariously awry in this funny, thoughtful, and smart chapter book…LaReau packs substantial comedy and poignant emotion into each chapter (the boys’ mother has “been gone for a little while now”), adeptly amplified by Myers’s spot art.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“LaReau keeps the action high and completely appropriate for readers embarking on chapter books…The humor springs from their foiled efforts and their reactions to their failures. Myers’ sprightly grayscale drawings capture action and characters and add humorous details, such as the Ratsos’ “unwelcome” mat. A nicely inventive little morality “tail” for newly independent readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The father-son dynamic is realistic and honest. Young readers will feel for the family as they learn to deal with the absence of a loved one. This slender novel packs a strong message of overcoming loss through love and kindness. A solid purchase; a chapter book that entertains and uplifts.”
School Library Journal
“Generous black-and-white illustrations evoke setting (a rundown city neighborhood) as well as reinforce the storyline and the light tone of the text, with its natural vocabulary. Here’s a beginning chapter book with heart.”  —Horn Book



Highland Arts Elementary School, Mesa, AZ
Cerra Vista Elementary School, Hollister, CA
Mary E. Silveira Elementary School (Library), San Rafael, CA
Aplington-Parkersburg Community Schools, Aplington, IA
Du Jardin School, Bloomingdale, IL
Argos Community Schools, Argos, IN
River Ridge Elementary, Villa Hills, ky
West Bath School, West Bath, ME
DeMello School, Dartmouth, MA
Hudsonville Christian School, Hudsonville, MI
Carpenter YRE, Lake Orion, MI
Sturgeon R-V Elementary, Sturgeon, MO
Queens Library, Rockaway Park, NY
Linwood Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK
Lake Carolina Elementary Upper, Blythewood, SC
Library Media Services – Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, VA
Picnic Point Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
Pineville Elementary School, Pineville, WV
Eastside Elementary School, Sun Prairie, WI
Evans Elementary School, Limerick, PA
Aldridge Elementary School, Richardson, TX
Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield, MO
Buckingham Primary School, Dillwyn, VA


  1. So excited to be a winner! Can’t wait to read it and use it with my students!

  2. Winning this book made my day! I love the story of the Ratso family, and I hope Kara Lareau continues to write about their adventures and life lessons! Thank you so much!

    • Kris! Hello! There are more RATSOS coming!

  3. I am so happy to see the elementary school from my home town in West Virginia is a WInner!!!
    Thank you!

    • You must have used your librarian magic, Pam!

  4. Thank you so much for The Infamous Ratsos! The book has been checked out consistently by students since it’s arrival. Looking forward to my chance to read it as well, and sharing the story (and your resources) with classes visiting the library. Love your website!

    • So grand to hear! And know…there WILL BE a sequel. Rather exciting.

      Thanks for exploring the site and being a stellar librarian!

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