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.
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Infamous Ratsos What a cute little series for early readers. The first book in the series is The Infamous Ratsos and it consists of two brothers who live with their father in the city. Their father Big Lou is tough and they want to be like him so they try to be tough also. They think of ways that they can look tough to others and perform these tasks but unfortunately these tasks backfire on them. Individuals begin to like the brothers and this prompts the brothers to try even harder on their task but nothing is going their way. I thought it was comical reading the brothers antics to achieve this status. Each time they would try harder to be tougher but nothing was working. The ending was great and I loved how this family came together. In The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid, we have the same brothers Louie and Ralphie from the first novel but now we are introduced to some of their friends. In this novel, the brothers don’t want the carnival to end so they decide to create their own carnival with help from their friends. They can get their supplies in a lot in their neighborhood that is piled high with junk but there is a problem. Next to that lot is a Haunted House! The brothers see movement in one of the windows in that house which scares them but before their carnival can open, someone will have to see what is inside that old, mysterious house. I enjoyed seeing their friends helping out getting the carnival ready and taking an active part in the games. I enjoyed the brothers in this novel as they had fun, they had to handle some challenging situations and they worked together. This was a fun, entertaining book that had me laughing as these friends discovered the world outside their doors. Inside these novels you will find a lot of words with an illustration on about every other page (1/2 page or a full page black-and-white illustration). The text is larger in size for early readers and I think children will enjoy these books for their subject matter, the illustrations and their ability to read the text.