Book Review: Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage Over Fear by Alysia & Michael SSentamu

In Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear, the first book in the Sticky Icky Vicky™ series, authors Alysia and Michael Ssentamu introduce readers to Vicky, a fun-loving girl who doesn’t mind getting a little sticky and icky. She loves rolling down hills and playing in mud—but when it comes to water, Sticky Icky Vicky’s fear prevents her from joining in the fun. Then Vicky gets an invitation for a waterpark party, and she decides that she really wants to go—even if it means ignoring the Negative Ned voice in her head and getting over her fear.

With vibrant illustrations and catchy rhymes, Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear offers children an inspirational/loveable heroine who learns some valuable life lessons, such as:

  • Courage
  • Positive thinking
  • Goal-setting

Aimed primarily at readers aged six to ten, Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear is a reading experience that leaves kids believing that they, like Vicky, can get past any obstacle in their way.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Sticky Icky Vicky: Courage over Fear is about a girl who had a close call and almost drowned so, understandably, she’s now afraid of water. She doesn’t even shower more than once a week! As time goes on, she realizes that she’s going to miss out on a lot of adventures in her life if she keeps thinking negative thoughts. With her friends’ encouragement, she gets the courage to test the waters again.

This is my kind of children’s story. It’s cute with illustrations that will keep the attention of young children. At the same time, it teaches them that positive thinking is important and will help overcome fears.

About the Authors

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.

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.