The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

The Infamous Ratsos, #2

Written by Kara LarReau, Illustrated by Matt Myers

The first Infamous Ratsos book was an instant hit with my students. This book is an excellent addition to the series. It is a great book for early chapter readers, either boys or girls. I love that the story has so many positive themes running through it. It teaches about bullying and fears. A big theme throughout the story is that it is okay to be afraid. In this book the brothers deal with their fears and try to be brave. I love the line, “I’m the boss of me, not my fears.” My son asked me to read it again after we finished.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

Louie and Ralphie Ratso have a genius idea: if they clear out the lot down the street, they can use all the junk lying around to build makeshift games for a Big City FunTime Arcade! With their friends to help, they’ll be able to recycle all the old abandoned stuff into whack-a-mouse, a high-striker, a fortune-telling booth, and more. Everyone says the house next to the lot is haunted, but if Louie just pretends it’s not there, maybe he can ignore the goose bumps he gets every time he looks at it. Ralphie’s head’s not exactly in the game, either, because of some rumors that have been swirling around school. But they’re Ratsos, and like their dad, Big Lou, Ratsos aren’t afraid of anything — right? Kara LaReau and Matt Myers team up for a second surprisingly touching chapter book proving that sometimes the things you fear the most aren’t at all what you thought — and might be exactly what you need to feel better.
–From the publisher

The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid
Written by Kara LarReau, Illustrated by Matt Myers
Candlewick Press
81 pages
Release Date: September 9, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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