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The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

By Kara LaReau
Illustrated by Matt Myers

When Louie and Ralphie Ratso set out to transform a cluttered lot into an arcade, they end up conquering a few surprising fears along the way in this follow-up to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book The Infamous Ratsos.

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.

  • Both very funny and surprisingly touching, hits a pitch-perfect sweet spot for newly independent readers, especially the more reluctant ones.
  • Louie and Ralphie, the infamous Ratso Brothers who are "bad at being bad", are back in a brand-new chapter book!
  • Offers a thoughtful and sensitive approach to the timely topic of bullying. When Ralphie thoughtlessly makes fun of a classmate, he comes to realize (and apologize for) how what he thought was a joke has hurt someone else's feelings.

About the author

Kara LaReau is the author of numerous picture books, as well as the middle grade novel The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

About the illustrator

Matt Myers is the illustrator of E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help from a Hen by Judy Sierra, and Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry, as well as many other books for young readers. Matt Myers lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ISBN: 9780763676377
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Dimensions: 139 x 196mm, 96pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $25.99
New Zealand RRP: $28.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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