I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718074913
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 447,809
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as Teaching Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 140 million books in print.

Visit his website at MaxLucado.com




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

My rubber ducky squeaked. Oh my, how I freaked! I gave it a squeeze and, as loud as you please, It let out a GREAT BIG "EEK!"

The band on the street Played "tweet-a-tweet-tweet."

They marched in their suits and tooted their flutes. I nearly jumped out of my feet

Has it happened to you? Here is what I do. When noises are loud or I feel lost in the crowd, I say, "God, can I talk to you?"

Then I pray: "God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here! And, God, you love me." And I feel better.

I'm a big cat. Pm a strong cat I'm not a scaredy-cat ... except when:

The monkey in the cabana Grabbed the yellow banana. I hid under the table, in case he To reach my bright blue bandana.


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I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
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 in I'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-Cat is 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.
polkadottyplace More than 1 year ago
We recently added I'm Not a Scaredy Cat by Max Lucado to our home library. We are big fans and his books If Only I Had a Green Nose and You Are Special are among our very favorite children's books. We had high hopes for I'm Not a Scaredy Cat, but it was very disappointing. The idea of having a book to teach your kids prayers to pray to help them feel brave sounds wonderful. However, the execution was poor. The book is very challenging to read aloud due to the choppy, tongue tying text. The illustrations are cute and make the book interesting. The prayer that is mentioned throughout the book does not rhyme and is difficult for children to say. As an adult, I stumbled through reading the entire book. The story was disjointed and each page felt disconnected from the rest. My kids had a really difficult time following the story and were confused about the message of the book. I cannot recommend this book and would instead direct them to Lucado's other great books for kids
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Children often find themselves feeling afraid. Max Lucado's new book, I'm Not a Scaredy Cat, would be a great tool to read with children to remind them that they can face those fears with God. This large-sized full-color adorably illustrated children's book is a fun book to read with little ones. The rhyming is so cute and the illustrations are vibrant and eye catching with the kitty's actions. I'm Not a Scaredy Cat follows a scaredy-cat as he faces all of his worst fears in some silly misadventures. As he faces each of those fears, Lucado shares a child's prayer version of Philippians 4:6-9. I'm Not a Scaredy Cat is such a fun book to read with little ones. It is a good reminder that God helps us face our fears and have courage. The roughly square 10 by 10 inch book is a good size for family reading time. This book could also make for some good discussions on fear and how God helps us through our fear in a way little ones can relate and talk about it. I would recommend this book to all families. Lucado writes a short note to moms and dads to help them help children face their fears and to use prayer as a tool to do it. I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and Tommy Nelson publishers. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.