The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid by Kara LaReau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Ratso brothers love the carnival that comes to town once a year and they come up with a brilliant idea to make one of their own by cleaning up an old lot that is full of junk, that has long since been abandoned. The problem is, there is a creepy old house next to the lot and these brothers have to be brave if they want to see their plan through to the end. In the midst of their work, a rumor runs rampant at school about Ralphie Ratso and Stinky Stanko that he’s just not so sure how to handle. What will he choose to do to make a difference in the life of someone who’s a bit misunderstood?
I really enjoyed this first book in the Infamous Ratsos series because of the loveable characters. Louie and Ralphie Ratso are charming brothers with a dad who encourages them to face their fears and to make good choices. They are every bit relatable, and while they are also rather entertaining, they have a lot of heart.
This is a book that is just right for primary readers. The length of the book and the illustrations throughout are very appealing. It has that pick-me-up off the shelf look that will instantly make it a hit with my students.
The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid