I’m Not Scared, You’re Scared

Flamingo. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593352373.
K-Gr 2–A lovable bear and bubbly rabbit learn a lesson about courage and care in this funny story that can easily settle young readers into a lengthy, satisfying read-aloud experience about the best friends’ day of adventure. Bear, who is afraid of everything, reluctantly joins Rabbit as she does her best to help introduce him to new outdoor places. Readers will hoot with laughter at the silliness of Bear’s antics to avoid facing his fears and the back-and-forth chatter between Bear and Rabbit, while the ending will surprise even Bear, in the best sense. Meyers employs excellent action words and slips in clever quips to shape the friends’ personalities and interact with the reading audience. Sayegh’s entertaining digital illustrations, which integrate some real-world textures for nature elements, build multiple perspectives around Bear’s easy-to-read body language and match sequential phrases with grouped vignettes.
VERDICT Perfect for an extended read-aloud and raucous story hours, this hilarious tale will have readers invested in the characters’ friendship as they discover what it means to be truly courageous.

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