Mathilde Stein & Mies van Hout
Trim size: : 21,5 x 26 cm | 32 pages
Scaredy Sam is scared of absolutely everything, from wearing his favourite flowery dungarees in public to the ghost he thinks lives under his bed. Sam makes an appointment with the Magic Tree to become less cowardly, but first he must travel through the woods, where all the wild creatures live. Step by step, Sam becomes less afraid. He politely and boldly confronts a dragon, a giant spider and a gnarled witch. By the time Sam reaches the Magic Tree, he’s no longer afraid. Scaredy Sam has become Brave Sam.
A quietly inspirational story to help children realise they are braver than they think. Atmospheric and cheerful illustrations with a distinctive painterly style help create a world of magical adventure and self-discovery.
Quotes from the press
‘While the fun and quirky text will keep readers and listeners engaged, the illustrations truly bring the story to life. Irresistibly detailed cartoon characters in black outlines pop out of the fuzzy, rich-toned background paintings, creating pages that readers will want to pore over. … [Sam’s] story is a delightful one.’
–School Library Journal
‘[V]isually striking. … [T]he double-page paintings will read well from a distance, with elements that garner both goosebumps and giggles (a dragon wears a Band-Aid; a witch sports pink house slippers). Try this in the context of classroom discussions of emotions.’
‘Muted watercolors full of quirky details. … Wry… with a nice lesson.’
–Chicago Kirkus Reviews
‘Easy words and concepts blend well here.’
–Midwest Book Review, The Children’s Bookwatch
MATHILDE STEIN (1969) born and raised in The Netherlands, studied at the Arts Academy in France. After living in France for ten years, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she works as Course Director and Senior Lecturer Event management at the University of Central England.
Mies van Hout (1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989. Over the years, she illustrated quite a lot of children’s books. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skilfully and distinctly.