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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

The Little Book of Big Fears

by (author) Monica Arnaldo

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Humorous Stories, Imagination & Play, Alphabet, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 4


Whether it’s raccoons, the dark, math, or whatever lurks in the bathtub, everybody is afraid of something. Big or small, common or quirky, fears are normal — and maybe even a little less scary when brought to light (and made light of).
This book introduces 16 fictional children, named in alphabetical order, along with something each fears. There’s Claire, who recoiled from legumes; Drew, who was scared of raccoons; Quinn, horrified by needles; and Will, unsettled by beetles. Darkly playful illustrations show each fear as magnified and real as a child would imagine it. Rhyming text and complex, interesting vocabulary make this book an enriching read.
In a twist on your typical alphabet book, The Little Book of Big Fears skips several letters along the way. An endnote suggests that looking to these letters — which spell GUTSY and BRAVE — will help children face their own fears.

About the author


Monica Arnaldo a grandi à Ottawa où elle avait parfois accès aux forts de ses frères. En tant qu'artiste, elle mélange des techniques d'art qui crée des images remplies de vie et de caractère. Monica est l'auteure-illustratrice de trois albums illustrés. Elle habite à Montréal avec son conjoint et sa fille.


Monica Arnaldo grew up in Ottawa where she was sometimes allowed inside her older brother's forts. Drawn to illustration by her passion for children's books, she combines a variety of media to create images full of character. Monica is the author-illustrator of three picture books. She and her husband live in Montreal with their daughter.


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Editorial Reviews

"With its light-hearted, interactive approach, this not-too-scary book will spark discussion."

National Reading Campaign

"Droll rhymes... humorous details in the finely drafted illustrations... leaves fearful readers with a confidence booster."

Publishers Weekly

"Imaginative with underlying humor, the book will find an audience of kids who will find the fun in all the phobias. Recommended."

School Library Connection

"This alphabetical collection of the fears that plague children is a must-have for most collections...a fun read for all."

School Library Journal

"Young readers can laugh and perhaps even realize that they are not alone in being afraid of something...highly recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

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