The Infamous Ratsos: Ratty Tattletale

By Kara LaReau
Illustrated by Matt Myers

When Ralphie Ratso stands up to some kids who bullied his friend, they vow revenge. But will ratting them out make it worse?

Sid and Kurt have been picking on Ralphie’s friend Tiny, and when Ralphie tells them to stop, the two boys get sent to the principal’s office. Now Sid and Kurt are out to get Ralphie! They upend Ralphie’s lunch tray, whip the ball at his head on the playground, and pelt him with peashooters when the teachers aren't looking—ping! Ralphie’s brother, Louie, says he should tell a grown-up, but Ralphie—not wanting to be a Ratty Tattletale—decides to “fight fire with fire,” only creating new problems for himself. It’s time to tell Big Lou, his dad, who has a few wise ideas for putting things right. Full of the charm and fun that Ratsos fans love, this fifth adventure highlights the difference between standing up for yourself and taking vengeance—and shows why confiding in a trusted grown-up when you have a big problem can be the coolest thing to do.

  • A new story in the popular and Geisel Honor-winning illustrated chapter books series about the Ratso brothers
  • Tackles the topic of bullying and tattletales in a way that feels real and relatable, mixed in with plenty of humor
  • Each Infamous Ratsos book takes on a different aspect of what Kara LaReau calls "toxic masculinity," in this case not "ratting out" someone who is bullying you

About the author

Kara LaReau is the author of the Infamous Ratsos series, the first book of which received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, as well as the middle-grade fiction series The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters and numerous picture books, including Baby Clown, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Kara LaReau lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

About the illustrator

Matt Myers is the illustrator of the Geisel Honor Book The Infamous Ratsos as well as the other books in the Infamous Ratsos series. He has illustrated many picture books, including Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry. He lives in North Carolina.

ISBN: 9781536207460
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 5, 2021
Dimensions: 139 x 196mm, 96pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $25.99
New Zealand RRP: $28.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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