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*School for Bandits* by Hannah Shaw
 
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School for Bandits
by Hannah Shaw
Ages 3-8 32 pages Knopf June 2011 Hardcover    

Ralph Raccoon is not living up to his parentsí expectations. He is tidy, clean and polite, and his parents are worried that he will never become a great raccoon bandit like Grandpa Cutlass or Uncle Whiskers. They pack him off to a school taught by Mrs. Mischief where only bad behavior and rudeness is acceptable.

Ralph keeps on being polite, clean and tidy, and it looks like he is going to fail The Best Bandit school competition. But Ralph gets the chance to show just that good behavior pays off and being polite and good brings more success than being impolite and rude.

Author Hannah Shaw also illustrates this funny book that takes a spin on bad behavior. Each page is full of illustrations of misbehaving raccoon action that will enthrall children and are sure to spark conversations about good and bad behavior. There are not too many words on each page, just enough well-chosen text to highlight the illustrations and convey emotions.

The theme of self-discipline and not giving into peer pressure is conveyed in a light and effective manner. School for Bandits is a humorous and visually entertaining book for three to eight year olds. Five stars.
 


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