Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
What the Book is About
“I Am (Not) Scared” is a book about things that children can be easily afraid of such as snakes, spiders, roller coasters, and aliens. The two (nameless) characters in the book taunt each other about being scared of the Loop of Doom, a roller coaster ride. Then they name different things that are scarier than a roller coaster. Then a snake on a roller coaster enters the scene and they ride together.
Title: I Am (Not) Scared
Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Published by Two Lions, New York (an imprint of Amazon)
Text Copyright 2017 by Anna Kang
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Christopher Weyant
No. of pages: 31 pages
About the Author & Illustrator
Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of two other books featuring the characters in this book. 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 Anna Kang’s website at http://annakang.com. Visit Christopher’s website at http://christopherweyant.com. (taken from the back flap of the book)
Values or Lessons
This is a great book to talk about fears and what to do when a child feels scared. It’s normal to be scared and to deal with that scared feeling, as the book states, “we can be scared together.” I think that’s a powerful affirmation to kids that having a friend by his or her side can help them deal with the fear.
Once they tried that which they used to fear (like a roller coaster ride), they may even get to enjoy it.
The artwork is simple and cute! There are two monster-looking characters in the book. One is bigger, and the other is smaller. The words and sentences on each page are sparse. You can easily read the book within 4-6 minutes. When the characters do something they’re scared of (like ride a roller coaster), you can scream the words in all caps together. It’s fun!
In the end, the two characters and the snake in the roller coaster still scream “We are scared!!” but they are smiling, which means that they have started to enjoy the experience of riding a roller coaster.
My son has never been on a roller coaster. My wife has a fear of heights so it will be up to me if I will bring him to one. But it’s fun to see the two furry bears monsters try the roller coaster even though they are scared. It’s also fun to scream the all caps words with my son!