Sticky Icky Vicky

Courage over Fear

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2021
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Author Biography

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Are you afraid of something? So much so that you refuse to do something that might be fun to avoid facing that fear? That’s Vicky’s problem. She had a terrible scare when she was younger; she was almost swallowed by a huge wave while playing in the water. That fear of water stayed with her, so much so that she avoids any contact with water. She will only shower once a week and even that is very brief; she refuses to have a bath. The problem is, as you can imagine, Vicky loves to play outside and get muddy. Without bathing at the end of the day, without even washing it off, she is always sticky and icky. Hence her nickname, Sticky Icky Vicky. When her friend invites her to a birthday party at a water park, Vicky is determined to confront her fear once and for all. After all, splashing around in the water with her friends sounds like a lot of fun.

Alysia and Michael Ssentamu’s picture book story, Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear, is a charming story that addresses the concept of fear. Told in rhyming verse, the plot follows Vicky through her daily routine of playing outside, refusing to bathe, how her friends call her Sticky Icky Vicky, and then the birthday invitation. Attracted by the idea of having fun in the water, even though she’s terrified of water, gives Vicky a challenge to confront her fear head-on. Although there’s a negative voice, Negative Ned, urging her to listen to her fears, there’s also a new voice, Positive Ted, who’s encouraging her to try. All she needs is a little courage and a plan. The lyrical nature of the rhyming story and the beautiful, bold, colorful illustrations make this book a gem that will help young readers face their own fears like Vicky did. With positive thinking, anything can be accomplished. That’s what Vicky learned. Beautifully told and presented.

Bruce Arrington

Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear, by Alysia and Michael Ssentamu, is a 38-page-long children’s picture book about fear, and how it can affect us, even at a very young age. The last part of the book includes discussion questions that address the topic in an exploratory fashion. Vicky loves dirt and mud and will hardly go near water to take a bath, at least not more than once a week, that is. When she was younger, a rogue ocean wave almost took her life, and that experience changed her to the point of avoiding water at all costs. However, once a friend invites her to a party that does involve water, she must decide if she is going to be brave or refuse. A voice that has grown inside her mind has challenged her to this point, always there to remind her of what happened in the past.

The artwork of the story is colorful, well detailed, and presented. The words flow well and it is a very good story. But what I like the best about it is actually how the fears were addressed. Yes, Vicky had to pluck up her courage and take the step to accept the invitation. But the experience awaiting her was not at all dangerous—in fact, it was the perfect and fun thing for her to do. Instead of forcing her out there on the waves again, there was a party, and splashing, and wet, but more important, fun! Sticky Icky Vicky by Alysia and Michael Ssentamu provides clever guidance in helping those with fear overcome it. By using this method and some imagination, it can help a child (or anyone with a fear they grapple with) to take positive steps for the better. Highly recommended.

Emma Megan

Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear by Alysia and Michael Ssentamu is the first in the Sticky Icky Vicky™ series, a wonderful children's picture book. Vicky or Sticky Icky Vicky is a playful, loving little girl who lives on Crescent Moon beach. Vicky loves to play with her best friends and get covered in dirt while dancing through mud and rolling down the dusty hillside. However, she has a fear that keeps her from getting clean or having more fun. Sticky Icky Vicky is afraid of water. But when one of her friends gives her a birthday invitation to the world's best water park destination, she decides to find a solution to overcome her fear of water and not to miss out on such a fun moment or any other adventure involving water.

Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear by Alysia and Michael Ssentamu is a beautiful, encouraging story with a positive message that motivates children to face their fears. It contains a fun, lovely, and educational story with delightful illustrations throughout. I find it an excellent quality book as it provides a pathway for both parents and children to open up a conversation on fears. Sticky Icky Vicky can be a great gift book for readers aged six to ten. It aims to help them find the courage to overcome any of their fears, not listen to their negative thoughts, and always believe in themselves. Alysia and Michael Ssentamu did a great job of reassuring children that they have the power to always choose courage over any fear to enjoy all the adventures that life brings.