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Fourth Grade Rats (Apple Paperbacks) Paperback – March 1, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
The setting of the story takes place at the characters house and in the swings at the school playground. That's where the story starts. The main characters names are Suds and Joey. Suds likes taking a bath when he has a problem. Joey likes to act cool! Like a rat. He wants to get Suds to do the same things as him. The other little character is Judy Billings. She is a big show off and will go for any tough guy. (Suds likes her.)
The story begins at the school playground where first graders teased fourth graders by saying they were rats. Every body felt bad to be a rat, except joey, he was proud to be one. He said it was the first step to become a man. That's when the problem starts. Joey wanted suds to be a rat too. Joey was telling him to say no to his mother, eat baloney, push little kids around, and not to be scared to what suds is scared of most, spiders. (suds doesn't like the sound of that.)
The resolution to the problem happened when Joey's mother went to Suds house and told him that Joey shouldn't have pushed him into the rat stuff, and that he was dropping out of the rat race and joining the human race again. finally the story ends when Suds tells his mother a conffession: that the last few days that he was a rat it was all him, without Joey telling him to do so. Or making him do it. At first Joey was the one pushing him to do the things. After it was just him doing them.
I recommend this book because I like comedy books. Dialogues between characters are funny.
I enjoyed this book very much. This book will show you not to follow what you think doesn't sound to good and to be a leader, not a follower just because you think the person who you are following is cool!
This book is one of the best! Only now be a follower and get the book and read it!
So I bought it.
What a shame.
All I can say is that I found absolutely nothing redeaming about this book. No lesson I want to teach my child, no "silver lining" in the stories. Basically it's about a nice boy who now that he's in 4th grade, feels the pressure to do things he knows in his heart aren't right, but he wants the attention of a girl and a "friend" so he goes ahead with his friend pressuring him to do "bad". What could be so bad, you ask? How about stealing food from kids in the lunchroom, laughing at kids having a difficult time, ignoring former teachers you liked but now it's considered babyish to return a smile to. The book was a constant reminder of how NOT to behave; it was incredibly difficult to find the message of "Good always wins."
So lots of bad behavior, gets the girl, then it ends with the friend getting caught, being FORCED by his mom to apologize to the boy for making him do bad things, then ending a page later with no real ending other than a disbelief this book actually got a publisher.
I know people will say that it's a good message, to show that bad behavior isn't good and that you should stay true to your heart and do good things. So why did we need to hear the 85% percent of the book showing bad behavior? The whole school acts like they care not at all about each other, do not need to be nice to each other, and basically only look out for themselves.Read more ›
In the middle of the story Suds and Joey stared to change. Joey started by keeping his room messy, also when he was stung by a bee he didn't cry, and started saying no to his mom. Suds started to be mean, he didn't cry any more, and he stared saying no to him mom also.
At the end, suds were stuck in a tree, when his mom called him in to eat dinner she had heard him yelling mom. She came outside and saw that he was stuck in the tree. His father brought a ladder to help him get down. When they went into the house he told his mom how sorry he was for being rude to her. Joey came over later and apologized to Suds for pushing him to be a rat, and telling him to say no to his mom. Joey an Suds stayed good friends
I gave it 5 stars because I thought the book was interesting and it taught me a lesson that you don't have to change to fit in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fun book. My son had to read it this summer and do a book report about it for school before starting 5th grade this year. It's an easy read but a cute, funny story.Published 1 day ago by D.M.
Gives the old elementary school feeling good book I love to read and this book was a good book to readPublished 1 month ago by Freya
If you are into funny books than I think you are going to love Jerry Spinelli’s “Fourth Grade Rats.” This wonderful story is about two young 4th grade boys trying to survive the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jenna P.
My child loves Jerry Spinelli's books and inhaled this book in nearly one reading. Engaging style and plot pacing that matches young readers ability levels. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Paine Whitney