I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave
Illustrated By: Shirley Ng-Benitez
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Help your children face their fears---with God's help! As you laugh together about a cat's odd phobias---a sneezing elephant, the loud chime of a clock, and doughnut sprinkles---these silly scenarios encourage kids to share what scares them. Then you can discuss how to trust God when they feel frightened.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718074912
ISBN-13: 9780718074913
Ages: 6-10

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I’m a big cat. I’m a strong cat. I’m not a scaredy-cat . . . except when . . .

From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado comes I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, a hilarious new picture book to help kids manage their fears and worries and learn to trust God.

Follow a silly series of misadventures as scaredy-cat faces his worst fears: an appalling abundance of (gulp!) yellow and pink sprinkles on his donut, an elephant on the verge of a ginormous sneeze, and the terrifyingly loud chime of a clock. For each of the fears, Max provides this reassuring child’s version of Philippians 4:6–9:

"God, you are good.

God, you are near.

God, you are here!

And, God, you love me."

A fun read for children and parents, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat will open doors for important conversations about fear in a nonthreatening way and help you instill godly bravery in your kids.

 

Author Bio

With more than 130 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.

Shirley Ng-Benitez is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, graphic designer, lettering artist, and aspiring author. She creates with watercolor, gouache, pencil, and digital techniques and is living her dream, illustrating and writing picture books in the Bay Area, California. Emily Lost Someone She Loved, a picture book by Kathleen Fucci, illustrated by Shirley, recently won a 2015 Moonbeam Award.

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  1. Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A child's fear is humorously explored and the beautiful remedy of prayer is provided.
    November 19, 2017
    Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Max Lucado's book, I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat, is written in rhyming verse and is filled with misadventures that express the kitty's fear in humorous ways. These fearful moments in kitty's life will not scare your child, yet they will get the point across. After a few frightening misadventures, Lucado provides a prayer of reassurance meant to encourage your child to reach out to God for peace in frightening situations.

    Don't just glance over the illustrator's name. Shirley Ng-Benitez is an absolutely amazing illustrator.The book is bright, cheerful, and adorable. The scaredy-cat is electrified looking. Ng-Benitez captures the kitty's fright perfectly. Priceless.

    One of the craziest things happens inI'm Not A Scaredy-Cat. That silly kitty had every single member of my family scratching our heads in wonder.

    (you will need to see the image on my blog for this to make sense)

    WHO DOESN'T LOVE SPRINKLES?!?!!!!! So not scary! My kids would just ask for more... keep on throwing those sprinkles... throw them my way... MORE, please!

    Overall,I'm Not A Scaredy-Catis a sweet children's book that you will enjoy snuggling up to with your child to read. Happy reading!

    Side Note:

    I do not know who determines the age and grade range for children's books. The only place that I found that information posted was on Amazon. I have included it in the book information at the top of the review, but I find the suggested age range to be far too old for this book. It is more appropriate for the toddler set.

    As a reviewer for FrontGate Media, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to FrontGate Media, the author, and publisher.

    Please come and read all of my reviews, enter giveaways, etc by searching for my blog titled blessedandbewildered. I would love to talk books and other goodies with you.
  2. comfyreading
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    cute
    October 22, 2017
    comfyreading
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Max Lucado is a Christian author, and his books have always been a big inspiration to readers of all ages. I have read a few of his books myself, and I do find them quite magical. In his new book, Im Not a Scaredy Cat, kids big and small can find ways to deal with worry through God.

    The illustrations in this book are so cute, and the message behind the story is wonderful. I love that this book is big, and the pages are extremely colorful. They really pop out at you. The story tells of a cute kitty who seems scared of many things, like rubber ducks, elephants, and even rain. When he says a prayer, he is able to take that fear and turn it into bravery.

    This is an amazing story to share with your little ones when they may be going through a tough time. My son enjoyed looking at the pictures and thinking of ways to be brave in each situation that the cat found himself in. If this is Maxs first childrens book, he did a wonderful job. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for sending me this book.
  3. Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun, with a Good Message - My Review of I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat
    October 3, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Published by: Tommy Nelson

    Written by: Max Lucado

    Illustrated by: Shirley Ng-Benitez

    I have nieces and nephews who have big fears. The majority of my nieces and nephews are more fearful than the kids around them. I was excited to read and review I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat with the hope of sharing it with them.

    I enjoy Max Lucado's adult books, but this book was not really written in a way that makes it seem like something from him. It is a good book, but a lot more simple than his other books - both his children's ones and adult ones.

    The illustrations:

    The pictures in this book are fun and colorful.

    Who This Book is For:

    This book is good for any kids who struggle with fear. I think it is appropriate for about age two through eight.

    What I liked:

    This book is fun to read and yet it has a message, too.

    The pictures are fun to look at.

    I like that this book tackles fear.

    What I didn't like:

    There is nothing in particular that I didn't like in this book.

    My conclusion:

    Overall, I think that this book will make a fun gift for my nieces and nephews.

    I give I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat 5 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  4. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Magic Feel-Good Formula Prayer
    September 27, 2017
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave is the newest children's book by Max Lucado. Inside Lucado introduces children to a spunky cat who likes to brag about how brave he is - except when he is not.

    In actuality, this cat is pretty much afraid of everything. He lists several things he is afraid of, then recites the prayer he uses to help himself feel better, lists more fears, recites the prayer again, and so on. After each recitation of the prayer, the cat says to the reader, "And then you'll feel better."

    If it weren't for those five words following every recitation of the prayer, I probably would have loved the book. But those words made the prayer feel to me like a magical feel-good formula instead of a sincere conversation with God. Lucado is absolutely right: when I am afraid, I feel better when I tell God what I am afraid of, and then affirm my confidence in His Presence, His goodness, and His love. I want my children to learn that they can do this, too. But I want them to place their confidence in God Himself, not in a few magic feel-better words.

    The illustrations are darling, and I love the idea of teaching children to turn to God when they are afraid. For very young children being raised in relatively safe environments, this book is a fun read. Perhaps parents can use it as an introduction and begin to build from there. Kids who have experienced real trauma may be confused by this read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tommy Nelson Publishers, so I could share my thoughts about it with you.
  5. BastianReviews
    Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book for scared little ones
    September 26, 2017
    BastianReviews
    Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm Not A Scaredy Cat by Max Lucado is a adorable story of a cat who gets frightened by everything. However, he has a cute little prayer he says in every scary situation. My little one wanted to read it as soon as this book arrived and thought the book was very funny. We loved the little prayer and will be practicing the prayer so we have something to remember when we get scared. I would recommend this book for any little one who gets scared easily or may get scared at night time. Teaching them this prayer could help them be brave, like this adorable kitty. We loved the illustrations and the good quality hard cover.
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