Last year we read Superheroes Don’t Get Scared by the talented Kate Thompson in our book club. It was a big hit, and has helped many children deal with their fears. But you can never have too many superhero books so I was thrilled to be invited to review Fantastic Fin Faces his Fears by Jessica Bowers as part of the book tour.
I really want to praise the wonderful vibrant artwork by Andrew Whitehead – it brings the story alive and each page sparkles with energy. I absolutely adore the strong colours and the scratchy text. This will really appeal to the slightly older superhero fan. Actually, I’m getting a strong Ben 10 vibe overall, and I’m a Ben 10 expert 🤣
The story covers a great range of every day scenarios and shows how the boy tackles them – this is super for starting conversations.
Overall, I had mixed feelings on the rhyming text. I loved the catch phrase “Then he though of something cool, his mind could be a useful tool”, but a few times the language felt slightly forced to fit. Rhyme is so hard to get right – I think this is one reason publishers can be reticent to look at rhyming picture books – I believe the other big reason is it’s a nightmare to translate). But I know it can help a reluctant reader and often makes it easier to read aloud.
There are a few support notes at the back of the book, and if you’d like more, there’s also a free 17 page resource pack at www.jessicabowers.co.uk.
Come and join Fantastic Fin as he grows his courage by embodying various inspiring characters and animals to face his fears!
Teachers, Parents and Carers can access the free Fantastic Fin Teaching Resource Pack available from the author’s website.
This is the first book in a series supporting children’s mental health by well-being author and psychotherapist Jessica Bowers. Ideal for children age 4-7.
Jessica is a well-being writer with an extensive background in supporting both young people and adults with their emotional well-being and mental health. Jessica is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Prior to this, she worked for over 10 years with young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Jessica consults with and writes for the wonderful Storytime Magazine, for their emotional well-being and mental health content. She has written a collection of well-being themed children’s picture books for 4-7 year olds, and Fantastic Fin Faces his Fears is her debut book. She has also developed some school workshops which offer emotional education aswell as offering author visits to read her books and poetry to EYFS and KS1 children. Jessica develops free activity and teaching resource packs around emotions and well-being themes which are available from her website.