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I Am (Not) Scared
Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Published March 21, 2017 by Two Lions

Goodreads Summary: Two fuzzy friends go to an amusement park. They try to convince each other that there are much scarier things than the roller coaster. Hairy spiders! Aliens! Fried ants! They soon discover that sometimes being scared isn’t as “scary” as they thought. With expressive illustrations and simple text, this giggle-inducing tale about (not) being scared features the endearing characters from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small.

Ricki’s Review: These books crack me up. I have loved every book in this series, and they all make me giggle and giggle. Each book teaches an important lesson to kids. In this book, readers learn what it’s like to be scared, and why being scared can be transformed into something quite fun! I can’t decide which I like more—the writing or the illustrations. The characterization is beautifully done, and this wife and husband (author and illustrator) team is brilliant. I recommend this series highly to kids, and I also recommend it for use in creative writing classrooms.

Kellee’s Review: We are huge fans of Kang and Weyant books here at the Moye house. Our wall growth chart is from You Are (Not) Small, and I cannot wait to buy the plush fuzzies for Trent! I think that each of their books take on a pretty serious childhood issue (sharing, comparing, now fear) and talk about it in a fun way that still has a pretty clear lesson intertwined with it. This one is going to especially be one I read with Trent because as a three year old, he is just starting to really be scared of things, so it will be a really good discussion to have with him. If you haven’t read any of these books, I highly recommend getting all three–you will not be disappointed. 

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: Teachers will appreciate these books because they are great for use as beginning readers. Unlike some of the dry, boring beginning readers in classrooms, the books in this series use just the right number of words that will allow kids to read without getting incredibly frustrated. I’d recommend this series to both teachers and parents! I am happy to have all of the books in this series for when my own son begins to learn to read!

For more information, and to download a free activity kit, visit annakang.com, or download at: http://bit.ly/2mKbFWi

Discussion Questions: What are the two fuzzy creatures scared of? How does the writing work together with the illustrations to share the story?; How are the characters feeling on the last page? How do you know?

We Flagged: “I am not scared… Are you?

Read This If You Loved: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, That’s (Not) Mine by Anna KangScaredy Squirrel  by Mélanie Watts, The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems, Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

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About the Authors:

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of two other books featuring these characters: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small and That’s (Not) Mine. Christopher’s work can be seen regularly in The New Yorker magazine and his cartoons are syndicated worldwide. This husband-and-wife team lives in New Jersey with their two daughters and their Bich-Poo. Visit them at www.annakang.com and www.christopherweyant.com.
Twitter: @annakang27 @chrisweyant05
Instagram: annakangbooks; christopherweyant
Facebook: Anna Kang – Author; Christopher Weyant

 

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**Thank you to Barbara at Blue Slip Media for providing copies for review!**

 

14 Responses to Review and Giveaway!: I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant

  1. Amber says:

    Such a seeet book about friendship and fear. Can’t wait for the giveaway!

  2. Love this series! They still haven’t ordered it at my library. I’m not so patiently waiting…

  3. James Robert says:

    Great book for kids and hope to win for my cousin’s little guy.

  4. Anna says:

    Thank you, Ricki and Kellee, for your wonderful review, and for supporting our books! Educators rock! <3 xo, Anna & Chris

  5. Nikki Lutzke says:

    I love your passion for sharing great books with all of us! Thanks for putting this out there!

  6. Lisa Maucione says:

    I look forward to reading this one. Such a great series!

  7. Phyllis Winkler says:

    I love books that help kiddos identify and deal with their feelings within the context of a story! This looks like a great addition to a home, school, therapist office
    !

  8. Gretchen Whitcomb says:

    Thanks for sharing with the Tolland County Mamas Ricki!

  9. Amanda says:

    Can’t wait too see the illustrations

  10. Julie Doepken says:

    Such a sweet series. Would love to win the newest book. And add the plushies to my reading buddies bucket. :0

  11. Katie W says:

    My son’s anxiety needs this book, sounds perfect for us right now!!

  12. Mandy Watson says:

    Where can I purchase the plush characters? Would LOVE them to go along with my library lessons! Or where can I find the stress balls? Thanks for sharing!

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