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RATS! by Jane Cutler


by Jane Cutler & illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1996
ISBN: 0-374-36181-9
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 Five humorous short stories about the Fraser brothers--Edward and Jason--who first appeared in No Dogs Allowed (1992). The boys shop for school clothes, Jason agrees to go steady with a girl so that she will leave him alone, Edward is frightened by a Halloween haunted house, and they both deal with pet rats and a ruined sweater. These pleasant stories--of suburban childhoods in an intact family with few problems and siblings who mostly get along- -offer a welcome respite from the emotional upheavals of real life and the fiction that reflects it. Though lacking the depth and psychological insight of a Cleary or Hurwitz novel, Cutler's offers the pleasures of a 1950s sitcom: mild humor, problems solved quickly and easily, and family life the way we want it to be. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 7-10)