Louie, 5th grader and his younger brother Ralphie, 3rd grader, have a problem. Their dad is one big tough rat. He drives a forklift and a snowplow and he hardly ever smiles. Dad tells Louie and Ralphie that there are two kinds of people...(he probably means rats, too) in the world. There are the really tough kind and there are the really soft kind. Louie and Ralphie really look up to their dad and they want to be just like him. Since their mom has been gone a long while, they feel a little sad. But they don't want to seem like they might be softies. They want to show Dad they are tough rats, too.
So, they decide to do tough things and they start at school. Sure, just grab that kids hat right off his head and everyone will know Louie and Ralphie are a pair of tough rats. They'll prove how tough they are.
But, wait...this hat thing just isn't going like they planned. So, they try another tough rat thing..and another and another...and not one single tough rat mission turns out right. Or does it?
What will Louie and Ralphie tell their dad? Will he be proud of them? Will he think they are tough rats too? You never know what a dad will say!
Good reader for the reluctant readers who want some action and something a bit irreverent.
978-0763676360 Ages 6-9 58 pagesThis is a Geisel Honor Book announced in 2017.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com