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When You're Scared
By (author): Andrée Poulin Illustrated by: Véronique Joffre
9781771473651 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Dust jacket English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings Mar 15, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 8.5 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 436 gr 48 pages Full-color illustrations throughout Owlkids Books
A sweet story about facing your fears, even when you’re scared

It’s a bright and beautiful day at the lake where a boy and his mother are camping. The boy is just a little scared of jumping into the water. At the same time, not too far away, a hungry bear cub is a little scared of diving deep into a dumpster, where tasty snacks await.

Later, when the boy encounters a distraught mama bear sniffing around the dumpster, he’s very scared. But so is her bear cub, who is trapped inside! Bold, graphic artwork moves the narrative along in this mostly-wordless book full of sound effects and simple variations on a single phrase full of so many meanings (“He was scared”). Parallel stories of the mother and son, and mama and cub, come together when the campers, despite being scared, help rescue the cub from the dumpster.

This simple, moving story invites readers to observe expressions, body language, and details hidden in the illustrations to follow the narrative. It’s a sweet summer read that normalizes fear and encourages acting with courage and compassion—even when you’re scared.

Andrée Poulin has written over 30 picture books, many of which have won or been nominated for prizes. As a journalist, she was passionate about telling true stories. Now an author, she delights in
inventing them. She has published picture books, early readers, and middle grade fiction, as well as two YA novels. She lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

Véronique Joffre
is a French illustrator based in London. She studied illustration and graduated from École Estienne in Paris and École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg.

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"Conquering fears, helping others, and perhaps a message about wild animals and human garbage—though almost wordless, this book certainly says a lot." - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

“Relevant issues, such as emotional resilience, good stewardship, and challenging oneself, together with the thoughtful illustrations, make this a worthy purchase for libraries.” - School Library Journal

"This picture book...makes the great outdoors a little less scary." - The Globe and Mail

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