Thursday, May 27, 2021

"Sticky Icky Vicky" - a bookwrap


Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage Over Fear

by Alysia Ssentamu, Michael Ssentamu


* Ages:  6-8

* Grade Level:  1-3

* Publisher:  Pixel Publishing House

*Paperback/ebook:  38 pages

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 19, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

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?  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and full of emotion.  The positive message of the book inspires and offers hope.  It will open up conversations about facing your fears and always believing in yourself.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Authors

Alysia and Michael are husband and wife health professionals and the minds behind Sticky Icky Vicky.

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.

Vicky wants everyone to know that we can all choose to grow as individuals, and our ability to improve our lives by using the power to choose wisely.

That book became Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear. It’s a story for anyone—big or small—who needs some encouragement to get over a fear.

Alysia and Michael live in the Australian capital, Canberra, with their children, a dog, an African Grey Parrot, two turtles and some chickens. They’re already working on the next Sticky Icky Vicky book. 

About the Illustrator

Noor Alshalabi is a Jordan-based illustrator who started drawing ever since she learnt how to hold a pencil.

After getting her BA in Visual Arts and Design, she pursued her dream of turning her imagination into reality through children’s books.

You can always find her with a cup of coffee, curled up with a good book, watching movies, playing with her pet bird, spending time with a friend, or going for a hike.

Nature is both her source of inspiration and relaxation.

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