Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage Over Fear
By Alysia and Michael Ssentamu
Illustrated by Noor Alshalabi
Genre: Children’s Values, Children’s Self-Esteem
Meet Sticky Icky Vicky, a girl who wants to get over her fear—once and for all.
In 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:
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.
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
ktm 55.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book to help kids get over fears.
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.
Storywraps 5.0 out of 5 stars Conquer your fears.
Vicky is a charming, playful, outdoor-loving little girl who loves to play at the playground with her BFFs Rhea and Betty. She uninhibitedly rolls around in the dirt and grime and gets all sticky and icky much to her friends’ (and family’s) chagrin. Vicky at the end of the day doesn’t want to bathe her ickiness off because she is terrified of water! It all came about one day when she was three years old and at the seaside. She was playing happily in the water and a huge rogue wave rolled over her and swept her away. Her daddy saved her life and from that day forward she was very frightened of water.
One day Vicky is handed a birthday invitation from her friend Betty. The location?…the water park! Oh my. Vicky feels a battle raging inside of her as to whether she will be able to attend the party or not. Vicky experiences an epic battle brewing between choosing courage over fear. Which one will Vicky select? Will she choose courage and finally overcome her deep-seated fright of water and remove that roadblock which steals her happiness and fun?
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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.