Book Review: A Book about Scary by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane

Children's Book Review of A Book about Scary by Danny Katz

Helping your kids overcome fears is not an easy feat but, believe it or not,  with the help of this humorous book, talking about fears might actually incite a giggle.


I’m scared of them.

But not jelly snakes.

They’re scared of me.

Especially the yummy ones that taste like pineapple.

A Book about Scary is like an encyclopaedia of fears. Mentioned in the book are universal fears, such as snakes, needles, dogs and the dark, and those that are particularly common throughout childhood such as plug holes, ripping off band-aids and vacuum cleaners. But it’s the obscure fears: buttons, escalators, and knees that make light of fears.  Whatever your fear, Danny Katz and Mitch Vane probably have it covered (except possums- they haven’t mentioned those scary little creatures!).

Punctuating the A-Z list of fears in the book are little thoughts and stories that help turn the thought of fears into amusing topics. One little girl wants to become a clown after overcoming her fear of them. Another little boy’s fear of escalators leads him to a chocolate doughnut. But my daughter’s favourite story was about a fear of moths, and a boy who eventually finds that moths are quite tasty.

Page from A Book about Scary by Danny Katz

The fabulous endpapers deserve a special mention. Mitch Vane has created endpapers that extend the story even further, and provide more scope for discussions about fears. It features a montage of eccentric kids sharing their fears. Children can be included in the endpaper montage by drawing themselves and their fear in the special blank spot at the back of the book.

Teamed with Mitch Vane’s quirky caricatures, Danny Katz has created an entertaining ‘guidebook’ that all families will no doubt be pulling from their bookcases on many occasions.

Something’s in the toilet. It wants to bit my bum.

Author, Danny Katz, has shared three of his own phobias with My Little Bookcase. For a good laugh, read them here.

Book details:

Author: Danny Katz

Illustrator: Mitch Vane

ISBN: 978-1743460443

Format: Hardback

Publisher: The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd, June 2013

RRP: $14.95 (aud)

Recommended for ages: 3+

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Book Review: A Book about Scary by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane


  1. I can’t wait to get my paws on this book….I’m waiting for the library to get a copy so I can put it on hold!

  2. What a fun book – hope we can look it up! My son is VERY scared of turning 6 because he doesn’t want his teeth to fall out! I have a few books about losing teeth on standby for when it happens but would love to see how a funny book can help with fears also. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Oh, I like the look of this. It seems to normalise that we all have fear of things and opens discussion. Awesome.

  4. hahaha awww what’s scary about possums? :) This book sounds fabulous. We taught Jack and Sarah that if they laugh really loudly into a dark space, whatever scares them will go away. Works every time :)

  5. I must get this book- I’ve just been searching for a book to explore fear for Dimples who isn’t keen on the dark or doing things alone. This is perfect

  6. This book looks hilarious! I think we could use it in my house. :)

  7. Caz said: On August 6, 2013

    We have to read this book, it sounds fantastic! Our girls have so many anxieties and phobias that come along with the ASD, something like this would be a great way to diffuse some of that I think.

  8. Looks great…we’re just starting with being ‘scared’ of things… might be a good book to read! :)

  9. I want to read it to my girls straight away! My daughter really loved a book called “when I feel scared” when she was 2, I’m sure they would both love this :-)

  10. Oh man that bit about the snakes was totally written just for me right?? LOL
    I have a small person with lots of fears right now, I think this book would be perfect as he also loves a good joke!

  11. Jode said: On August 7, 2013

    I love the sound of this book Jackie…we have a lot of fears here at the moment and this sounds perfect. What a fun idea for a book…thanks for reviewing for us!

  12. Debs said: On August 8, 2013

    This sounds like a really good book! Looking it up next time we go to the library. Thanks for sharing. :)

  13. So nice to see a book that is fun but helpful in teaching children about their fears. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

  14. I can’t wait to get hold of this one! It will be perfect for Mr 5. Thanks!

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