When I got the request for this book I knew I had to try it out! Vicky reminded me of Pig-Pen from Charlie Brown along with that she reminded me of myself, I used to come home in scrapes and some dirt when I was little. Though unlike Vicky I did shower, my parents weren’t going to let me just walk around dirty. XD I was curious to read this story!
In this fun rhyming story we meet Vicky. She loves to play outside and will go all out. Mud? Rolling in it! Dust? Loves her. She doesn’t care about getting dirty. I loved seeing her play in the playground and have the best of times. I kind of miss being a kid and just be able to play till you drop.
Then we learn why Vicky has a fear for water and I could understand things a bit more clearly. I could very well understand that she wasn’t going to be near any water after that. It doesn’t help that she got a voice in her head along with that fear and I just felt so sad for her. But I also wondered how in heavens did the parents NOT do anything to help to get rid of that fear, I mean, its been 5 (!!!) years since what happened and she is still terrified and still has that annoying baddie in her head.
While I was happy for Vicky when she decided to go for it and yes I was cheering, I was kind of wondering, if this happened at 3, and it is now 5 years later… when did she learn to swim??? I mean, when she goes in the swimming pool she is wearing ZERO gear to help her stay afloat. It is just not safe. Not to mention, no swimming pool here would have allowed Vicky to enter given how dirty she is. She would have just been send back to the showers to clean up before heading into the water.
Still, I was proud of her to finally face her fear, finally face that annoying voice in her head and just tell him to shut up and leave her be. I was so happy that she finally noticed that water wasn’t scary and that she had nothing to worry about. That she found a new and positive voice!
All in all, despite some things that I thought seemed odd, I did think this was a cute and fun story and I loved the message. I also liked the extras at the end with some tips and hints and also some questions that you and your kid can do together. I also liked the illustrations, they were so cute and colourful.