THE INFAMOUS RATSOS ARE NOT AFRAID by Kara LaReau

THE INFAMOUS RATSOS ARE NOT AFRAID

From the "Infamous Ratsos" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Following The Infamous Ratsos (2016), Louie and Ralphie Ratso deal with different types of fear while starting a carnival-style arcade.

The Ratso brothers love the carnival but wish it weren’t just once a year. While walking past the junk-filled lot next to a house rumored to be haunted, Louie has a great idea. He gathers up their friends to clean the lot so that they can turn it into the Big City FunTime Arcade, with carnival games in lieu of video games. Though it’s Louie’s idea, he’s secretly afraid of the haunted house and does his best to avoid it. Meanwhile, after Ralphie picks up and returns Stinky Stanko’s fallen pen, rumors fly that they like each other, and he fears the rumors will be believed. Over a dinner Louie and Ralphie confess their fears to their father, Big Lou, who reassures them that even he is afraid of some things, tells Louie that ghosts aren’t real, and encourages them to face their fears. Ralphie, seeking the source of the rumors, finds that Stinky’s not odorous at all, but she’s hurt by that nickname…which he gave her. Readers will be following right alongside these two likable rats as Ralphie confronts his past misdeeds and Louie screws his courage to the sticking post to ask the haunted house’s resident for permission to use part of the yard.

Charming. (Animal fantasy. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7637-7
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2017




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