Saturday, October 6, 2018

Coming October 9th from Sterling Publishing -- "Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid Of Ghosts", a Fun Chapter Book Filled with Lots of Graphics for Reluctant Readers, Ages 7-12 (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Sterling Publishing

Do you have a reluctant reader?  My youngest daughter loves that she can now read, but trying to get her to sit down and read a chapter book is like pulling teeth.  She has to get a drink, go the bathroom, or needs to run and grab something.  I have the girls read for a minimum of 45 minutes a day as part of school, and it feels like I spent that long just trying to get my daughter to sit still and concentrate on reading a few chapters during this time frame.   So, I try and find chapter books that will grab her attention and make her want to read.  I find that the more graphics in a book the better.  While many chapter books for kids are meant to have less pictures as they want kids to imagine the story and what they are reading about, if you have a reluctant reader, this only makes having them want to read this type of chapter book a struggle.  

So, when I heard about "Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts" chapter book for kids from Katie and Kevin Tsang, I couldn't wait to share it with my girls, especially my youngest.  We received this book the other day, and by the end of the second day, my youngest daughter had read all 240 pages.  And, when she got to the end of the book she asked if this was a series and if there were other books available to pick up and read.  I told her this was the first book, but that another book would be releasing in the new year, and that I would definitely pick it up, knowing how much she enjoyed this one.

Here is more about this new chapter book, which will be available on October 9th...

More about this chapter book for kids...

"Don’t call him scaredy-cat Sam, because Sam Wu is NOT afraid of ghosts!  Except . . . he totally is.

After a  very embarrassing incident at the Space Museum, Sam goes on a mission to prove to the school bully, and all his friends, that he’s not afraid of anything—just like the heroes on his favorite show, Space Blasters.  When it looks like his house is haunted, Sam gets the chance to prove how brave he can be. Can he conquer his fear and save his reputation by facing the ghost that lives in the walls of his house?

A funny and charming chapter book with a diverse cast of characters, SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID OF GHOSTS (Sterling Children’s Books, October 2018) is a wild ride featuring ghost hunting, escaped pet snakes, and cats with attitude!

Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang are Americans who met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel, and the second book in the series, Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Sharks, is coming in March 2019!  Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood!"

Sterling Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781454932550
$12.95 ($17.95 Can)
240 pages
Ages 7-12
Publication Date: October 9, 2018


Doesn't this sound like a fun book?  You really have to see this book up close and see all the fun illustrations done by Nathan Reed, to appreciate it.  The story is funny and will have kids laughing as they read through the pages, but the graphics really make this story come to life and will have kids not wanting to put down the book, as they want to see what happens next.

I found a fun activity kit available from the publisher, Sterling Publishing, which you can find here - - that you can print out and share with your child as you read through this fun book, about a boy who proves he is not a scaredy cat, and the lengths he will go to to prove this to his friends and the school bully.  Your child will have fun creating their own design for a Space Blasters t-shirt, as well as find words in a crossword puzzle, before earning their very own Ghost Hunter certificate.

My girls both give this book two thumbs up and said this is a must read for kids reading chapter books. They said that kids will love the cartoonish illustrations and the story reminds them of books like Captain Underpants, Stick Dog and Wimpy Kid.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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