Review of Brave by Stacy McAnulty

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! 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

“Brave” by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is a celebration of the many ways that kids can be brave. Kids can be brave simply by seeking adventure, by staying calm, by fighting for justice, standing up for truth, and through many other courageous acts.

The book also celebrates kids’ bravery in the presence of other kids and adults. It also shows kids with disabilities being brave and doing things that many kids do. In the age of superhero movies, it is great for kids to be reminded that simple acts of kindness can help other people, too.

Book Information

Title: Brave
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Published by Running Press Kids, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC.
Text Copyright 2017 by Stacy McAnulty
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

About the Author & Illustrator

from the back flap jacket:

Stacy McAnulty is not brave enough to eat a bug or parachute from a plane, but she is brave enough to ride a rollercoaster and talk to an auditorium full of people (even though it makes her palm sweaty). The bravest thing she’s ever done was leave her job to write children’s books. She is the author of Beautiful, Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite, Excellent Ed, and 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath. Visit her online at and on Twitter @stacymcanulty.

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is the award-winning illustrator of such books as Another Day as Emily and The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli; Peace, Baby! by Linda ashman; and Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty. She lives in Amsterdam with her family and can be reached online at

Values or Lessons

As its title states, being brave is the main lesson in the book. It is also a great way to start talking to kids about disabilities.


Overall, Brave is a fun, albeit a simple book about being courageous and brave even in the face of obstacles.


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