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School for Bandits

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Ralph Raccoon looks perfectly normal. But he doesn't act normal at all. He's disturbingly well behaved, clean and tidy, shockingly polite, and he even brushes his teeth! Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are worried—how will Ralph ever become a great raccoon bandit like Grandpa Cutlass or Uncle Whiskers? It's time Ralph learned some bad manners . . . at Bandit School.

Ralph has no chanc...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tasha
Ralph was not a normal raccoon. He looked like any other raccoon, but he certainly didn’t act like them. He was polite, clean, and tidy. His parents were frustrated and so sent him to Bandit School where he could learn to be naughty, dirty and thieving. Ralph had an awful time in school because he was just too nice. When his teacher announced the Best Bandit in School competition, Ralph just knew that there was no way he would ever win. He spent his break reading inside instead of causing troubl...more
Alisha Funkhouser
Shaw, H. (2011). School for bandits. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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School for Bandits was a fun, loving story about a raccoon that did not fit in because of his kind, generous, and caring nature. He did not like to steal and be mean to others so they laughed at him and he got a bad report card home for being too polite and well behaved. The school had a bandit competition to see who could steal the most loot while on vacation. Ralph didn't like to steal so he helped people instead a...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Ralph isn't a normal raccoon - he doesn't like being messy, or rude. So his parents ship him off to Bandit School, where Ralph is the worst student of all. He's just awful at everything, and when the term ends, his teacher assigns a competition - whoever has the largest sack of loot after vacation wins the Best Bandit prize. Ralph isn't interested, not one bit. He stays in his room reading over the break, not wanting to get in anyone's way. But then something happens on his way back to school, a...more
Mary
Aug 23, 2014 Mary added it
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This was a nicely illustrated book with an engaging story.
emily
Ralph isn't a normal raccoon - he doesn't like being messy, or rude. So his parents ship him off to Bandit School, where Ralph is the worst student of all. He's just awful at everything, and when the term ends, his teacher assigns a competition - whoever has the largest sack of loot after vacation wins the Best Bandit prize. Ralph isn't interested, not one bit. He stays in his room reading over the break, not wanting to get in anyone's way. But then something happens on his way back to school, a...more
Austin
I like it because it's awesome and cool! This is the second time we have read this book.
Kate Hastings
Grades K-3. At bandit school you're SUPPOSED to pick your nose, grab things from people and throw your food at lunch. Poor Ralph raccoon, with his polite manners and helpfulness he just doesn't fit in. Then a competition starts where the student to collect the most loot over the holiday will win a trophy. And surprisingly, Ralph finds a way to triumph. Great for discussions about manners and school rules.
Dolly
Dec 21, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story about a poor raccoon who gets in trouble for being polite. He even has to go to a special school to learn his bad manners. The narrative is entertaining and has an obvious message about the importance of good manners. The illustrations are very colorful and cartoonish and our girls loved the raccoons. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Andrea Estelle
I loved Hannah Shaw's pictures in this one. They are the kind that little kids like to pour over - lots of great details! Micah caught on right away that the school for bandits was not teaching the raccoons how to be polite. In the end it was a little too moral-ly for my liking but the boys seemed to enjoy it.
Sandy Brehl
It's fun to see the racoons' rascally nature used as a foil for this "lesson" in manners. The rather direct conclusion that manners "pay off" so it's better to use them didn't sit well with me, but I loved that Ralph stayed true to his OWN nature despite the pressures of peers, school, and family.
Robin
This is yet another children's story in which a character acts out of character for the type of animal he is supposed to be. In this case we meet a Raccoon who does not want to be a bandit, an animal who takes what is not his to take. Lots of colorful illustrations.
Shazzer
A cute addition to the manners make good category. There's lots of little humor in the illustrations. A good read aloud for older kids, who will understand why Ralph's parents and teacher are disappointed in his too-nice behavior.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This raccoon isn't quite confirming to the rules - which are a little different from rules in Human schools. But he has something important to teach the other raccoons about manners.
Beth
This is a cute picture book. You hope that children hearing the story can't understand why his classmates and teachers are not pleased with the manners of Ralph.
Tracie
Well-behaved Ralph impresses the bigger, mischief-making raccoon bandits at Bandit School by showing them that good behavior has its own rewards.
Paula
Ralph Raccoon is too polite so his parents send him to Bandit School to learn to behave like a properly bad raccoon.
Elizabeth
We all really enjoyed this one... in the same vein as Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Pea/Hoot/Oink books.
Edward Sullivan
No well-behaved raccoons live in my neighborhood. Fun story and illustrations.
Grace Lama
it was also ok nd this was also part of our "book club"
Awjtf
great book for teaching manners for kids!
Blanca
Feb 11, 2012 Blanca added it
i think i should read it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Robin
Too predictable. Yawn.
Martha
Very cute!
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