Bound To Stay Bound

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 Infamous Ratsos : project fluffy (Infamous Ratsos)
 Author: LaReau, Kara

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 89 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 542983 ISBN: 9781536200058
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Brothers -- Fiction
 Rats -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

Price: $19.36

Louie Ratso tries to help super-cool Chuck Wood win the heart of his friend Fluffy Rabbitski.

 Illustrator: Myers, Matthew
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 199110
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 75993

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/18)
   Booklist (11/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/01/2018 A poetry contest and a bit of romantic intrigue lead the Ratso brothers, their fellow animal students, and, of course, readers to further insights about friendship and respect for others. Shrugging off plans to work with his sib Ralphie on a poem, Louie agrees to help cool kid Chuck Wood get classmate Fluffy to notice him. But Louie’s hackneyed ideas about what “girls like”—flowers, candy, displays of athletic prowess—get zero traction with Fluffy, who is laser focused on her patch of community garden. Once Chuck breaks out of his own self absorption and actually notices this, he's able to make strides. On the other paw, along with getting an earful from his single dad (“Women aren’t projects, or objects”), and having alienated his brother, Louie is left to his own literary devices. His rhymed apology is far clumsier than Ralphie’s sentimental verse about friendship, but sincere and sufficient to re-cement the brothers’ relationship. A pleaser for fledgling chapter-book readers, rather more heavily and explicitly agenda-driven than previous episodes, but chock full of positive values and life lessons. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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