The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid by Kara LaReau: illustrated by Matt Myers


Candlewick Press Children’s Fiction publication date 12th Sept 2017 via NetGalley.

A tale of fear and friendship–buy and read before Halloween with or without your kids to help keep the ghoulies at bay.


I love how the author, LaReau, reframes negatives into positives. The whole narrative arc regresses the adult reader into that frame of mind where everything is possible when you’re young, open-minded, and full of adventure. The characters are quick sketches with hidden depths offering young readers many opportunities to understand why people behave the way they do.

Who can’t relate to the need for emergency snacks.

A lovely read all round.

Fabulous and fun illustrations capture the Ratsos moods and emotions.

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