Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage Over Fear
by Alysia Ssentamu, Michael Ssentamu
The book is about a girl named Vicky who likes to get icky. Hence, the name Sticky Icky Vicky, given to her by her friends. Vicky likes to roll around in the mud and play but has a terrible fear of water. When she was only 3, she had a scary experience in the ocean with a rogue wave and she has been terrified ever since. Her fear even has a name, Negative Ned. He is the inner voice in Vicky’s head telling her to keep being afraid of water. Vicky gets an invitation to a waterpark birthday party and must face her fears or lose out on fun times in her life. Eventually she stands up to Ned and overcomes her fears. Now she has a new inner voice called Positive Ted.
This book was great and you can definitely understand why it won the Mom's Choice Award®. I love that the fear is about water because I think most kids can relate. It is a very empowering book that will help children with overcoming their fears. I love how the author materialized the fear by showing the reader a negative person that Vicky sees. I think it's very important at young ages to learn about positivity. If we let kids let their fears control them when they are young, it can have lasting effects on them later in life. My son liked the book and we were talking about what his fear looks like and now he keeps describing how his inner voice of fear looks and it's kind of like a monster he says. Story is great, the rhyming is fun, and illustrations are awesome.
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