Sticky Icky Vicky is an adorable little girl who dreads any encounters with water, even baths. She would rather do most anything else. Vicky loves playing with her best friends, Rhea and Betty. In fact she enjoys using so much energy that she gets sticky and sweaty.
Readers learn Vicky’s dread of water is not unfounded. She remembers vividly the water accident at the beach, when her dad was a hero. For some time, Vicky listened to a negative voice in her head that kept reminding her if she tries to face her fear, she will fail. But one day she realizes Betty and Rhea have many adventures she could enjoy.
Betty’s birthday arrives and it’s an amazing day for Vicky. She begins to listen to positive thoughts swirling in her head. She gradually enters the pool and has the most fun ever with her best pals. Vicky learned life is full of choices. She could opt to confront her fear by believing in herself. I loved this story because every child experiences fear and could benefit by learning how to overcome it.
At the end of the book there are discussion topics readers and families can use to define fear and decide the best path for them to defeat it. I believe children will also love the bright, beautiful illustrations. I give this wonderful children’s book a well-deserved five stars.