Sticky Icky Vicky by Alysia Ssentamu and Michael Ssentamu.
Courage over Fear (Mom’s Choice Award® Gold Medal Recipient).
Meet Sticky Icky Vicky, a girl who wants to get over her fear—once and for all.
In Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear, the first book in the Sticky Icky Vicky™ series, authors Alysia and Michael Ssentamu introduce readers to Vicky, a fun-loving girl who doesn’t mind getting a little sticky and icky. She loves rolling down hills and playing in mud—but when it comes to water, Sticky Icky Vicky’s fear prevents her from joining in the fun. Then Vicky gets an invitation for a waterpark party, and she decides that she really wants to go—even if it means ignoring the Negative Ned voice in her head and getting over her fear.
With vibrant illustrations and catchy rhymes, Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear offers children an inspirational/loveable heroine who learns some valuable life lessons, such as:
- Positive thinking
Aimed primarily at readers aged six to ten, Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear is a reading experience that leaves kids believing that they, like Vicky, can get past any obstacle in their way.
Review by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: Rating: 5 out of 5.
Sticky Icky Vicky is an adorable little girl who dreads any encounters with water, even baths. She would rather do most anything else. Vicky loves playing with her best friends, Rhea and Betty. In fact, she enjoys using so much energy that she gets sticky and sweaty.
Readers learn Vicky’s dread of water is not unfounded. She remembers vividly the water accident at the beach, when her dad was a hero. For some time, Vicky listened to a negative voice in her head that kept reminding her if she tries to face her fear, she will fail. But one day she realizes Betty and Rhea have many adventures she could enjoy.
Betty’s birthday arrives and it’s an amazing day for Vicky. She begins to listen to positive thoughts swirling in her head. She gradually enters the pool and has the most fun ever with her best pals. Vicky learned life is full of choices. She could opt to confront her fear by believing in herself.
I loved this story because every child experiences fear and could benefit by learning how to overcome it.
At the end of the book there are discussion topics readers and families can use to define fear and decide the best path for them to defeat it. I believe children will also love the bright, beautiful illustrations. I give this wonderful children’s book a well-deserved five stars.
Mom’s Choice Award: Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Review by Kirkus reviews: An encouraging tale for young readers with their own fears to face.
Review by Hayley Graham, NetGalley Reviewer: This was a lovely children’s book, about helping kids to overcome their fears, with the moto “Courage over Fear”. Well written with beautiful illustrations. My six-year-old daughter loved the story and has read it numerous times. Recommend
Review by Lorna Maltby, NetGalley Reviewer: I loved STICKY ICKY VICKY by Alysia & Michael Ssentamu aimed at children age 6-10 years old. The multicultural illustrations are beautiful! The story of fear well described and written. I can’t wait to introduce to my grandchildren. I loved the language, positivity and energy in the book. I especially liked the questions for starting conversations at the back of the book. A very good addition which will spark off talking about FEAR.
Review by The International Review of Books: This is a wonderfully charming, thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated children’s book. We’ve all been there, having to face a fear of something and overcome it. Where this book stands out is in encouraging children to talk about their fears, how they’ve come about and how it makes them feel. I was glad to see that Vicky’s friends were supportive and encouraging, too. Highly recommended should you have a young child dealing with fears.
Part of: Sticky Icky Vicky (Book 1)
Paperback: 38 Pages
Publisher: Pixel Publishing House (October 14, 2021)
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Customer Reviews: 4.9 out of 5 Stars (22 ratings)
About Alysia and Michael Ssentamu: Michael and Alysia are husband and wife health professionals who live in the Australian capital, Canberra, with their children, a dog, an African grey parrot, two turtles and some chickens.
In 2019, they decided to write a book that inspired children to believe that, no matter what, they had the power to choose to overcome their fears. The consequences of the choices we make will shape our behaviour and shape our lives into what we will become.
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