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Brilliantly funny new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer. A madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt.


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Brilliantly funny new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer. A madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt.

30 review for Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    My Experience: I started reading Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts on the morning of 8/15/18 and finished it before midnight. My first one day read! Woot!! A fantastic read! I think my son will enjoy this book a lot too because he’s able to relate to Sam riding the Astro Blast Simulator since we also ride on one when we went to a Space Center in Huntsville, Tennessee a few months ago. I like Sam. He’s pretty brave for a scaredy-cat because he buys a pet that he’s actually scared of! I like his clev My Experience: I started reading Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts on the morning of 8/15/18 and finished it before midnight. My first one day read! Woot!! A fantastic read! I think my son will enjoy this book a lot too because he’s able to relate to Sam riding the Astro Blast Simulator since we also ride on one when we went to a Space Center in Huntsville, Tennessee a few months ago. I like Sam. He’s pretty brave for a scaredy-cat because he buys a pet that he’s actually scared of! I like his clever thinking and reasoning about going straight to grandma for permissions because even his mom has to listen to grandma since grandma is his mom’s mom. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts is told in the first person point of view following Sam as he recounted the story about why he was called a Scaredy-Cat. It was Ralph Zinkerman that dare him to get onto the Astro Blast Simulator at the Space Museum during the school field trip. Sam being good at hiding how scared he was, he took the dare. After he exited the simulator, by the remaining stains on his pants, he is then nicknamed Scaredy-Cat Sam. Sam’s favorite TV show is called Space Blasters. Sam imitates what his favorite characters on the show would do in a given situation. After being called a Scaredy-Cat Sam by the master of snorts, Ralph, he decided to run away just to escape the name. During his run, he decided to acquire a sidekick but Sam had to call his grandma to come to pay for his new pet. With this pet, he will for sure be able to prove to Ralph that he’s not a scaredy-cat. This book is very well written and organized. I love the illustrations and how busy each page is. I like that Sam is Asian and him introducing Asian foods and Asian house rules to his school friends. I like Sam’s dad and how he encourage them to try Asian foods. I love the humor in this book. I like Sam’s friends and how supportive they are. I like Sam’s younger sister Lucy and her quick ability to come to her brother’s rescue. I like that this book has a positive influence for readers, with Bernard being smartest, Zoe being fastest, and therefore, Sam wanted to be something est too. A great book for kids! I highly recommend the read! Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, illustrations, Asian dishes, bravery, pets, family, siblings, friendship Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sterling Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna Threakall

    A gorgeous story for kids aged 5+ I loved this and can't wait to read it to my teeny nephews in a few years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is 100% adorable, hilarious and full of joy. After a terrible Incident That Shall Not Be Discussed Again, Sam Wu is determined to prove his courage to his classmates after all, no matter what it takes - from adopting a snake that terrifies him to hunting ghosts through his house and facing his little sister's psychotic cat, Buttercup. Of course Sam Wu is scared of ghosts! (And many other things, too.) But he's also fantastically imaginative, brave and ready to take on the world with th This book is 100% adorable, hilarious and full of joy. After a terrible Incident That Shall Not Be Discussed Again, Sam Wu is determined to prove his courage to his classmates after all, no matter what it takes - from adopting a snake that terrifies him to hunting ghosts through his house and facing his little sister's psychotic cat, Buttercup. Of course Sam Wu is scared of ghosts! (And many other things, too.) But he's also fantastically imaginative, brave and ready to take on the world with the guidance of his favorite TV show, Space Blasters - and also with the help of his fearless little sister and their fantastic grandma, who will always step in to pay for Sam's misguided pet purchases, keep his secrets from his parents (for a price), and inform him that, oh, yes, ghosts certainly ARE real...but then calmly take a nap afterwards while he and his friends absorb that news. I started out reading this book to both of my boys (the 4-year-old and the 9-year-old together). The 9-year-old got too excited to wait on just one chapter a night, so he read ahead on his own and finished it almost immediately with huge delight - but then he asked me to keep on reading it out loud anyway. The 4-year-old got a bit too scared by the ghost-hunting in the climax of the book and asked for us to stop, so I wouldn't recommend this book for the really young end of chapter book readers - but I finally got the chance tonight to read the last four chapters out loud to my 9-year-old tonight, and we both absolutely loved them. (It was his second read, my first.) He already wants to preorder the next two books in the series IMMEDIATELY! And I am only too happy to oblige. :) I love it when I find new series of books that we can both enjoy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sam Wu and friends are about to become a HUGE hit with young readers across the UK (and hopefully the world!). Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts is an absolute blast (excuse the pun) from beginning to end. Filled to the brim with gorgeous illustrations from the super talented Nathan Reed, this witty children’s book will entertain people of all ages and Sam will surely give our younger readers a new hero to aspire to. I couldn’t stop laughing from the very beginning of this book and loved the adventu Sam Wu and friends are about to become a HUGE hit with young readers across the UK (and hopefully the world!). Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts is an absolute blast (excuse the pun) from beginning to end. Filled to the brim with gorgeous illustrations from the super talented Nathan Reed, this witty children’s book will entertain people of all ages and Sam will surely give our younger readers a new hero to aspire to. I couldn’t stop laughing from the very beginning of this book and loved the adventure that Sam, Zoe and Bernard find themselves on. It is so reminiscent of childhood and all of our childhood fears that even I as a *cough* 27 year old *cough* couldn’t help but relate to Sam! Sam and his family are Chinese and I loved how this was threaded throughout the book. I was practically drooling at the idea of some of the food but it was also hilarious seeing how Zoe and Bernard reacted to tea time at Sam’s house – in a way that only children could! Sam’s sister Lucy is a badass and I loved Butterbutt the cat (what an excellent name!) Talking of excellent names: Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third is another one that got me laughing! The layout of the book was excellent and a nice way to introduce young readers to footnotes (especially funny ones) and each page was a true delight to see and read! There is lots of adventure, a pet snake called Fang, a ghost fighting trio of fabulous friends and a heck of a lot of laughter along the way. I can’t wait to introduce Sam Wu to the young readers in my life and I’m already excited to see what happens next for Sam and his friends! Ps. Sam is definitely NOT afraid of ghosts. Huge, huge, huge thank you to Siobhan at Egmont for sending me a copy of the book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Say hello to Sam Wu, a boy who is NOT afraid of ghosts, or snakes, or cats, or... well. :P Note: This review may be a bit chaotic, I really loved and enjoyed the book! So I was in London last week, and I spotted this book being promoted at Waterstones (still amazed at how normally priced the books are there in comparison to the one Waterstones we have in my country) and wanted to take it with me (especially after reading some pages of it). Sadly, I couldn't. I already had bought 2 books + I had se Say hello to Sam Wu, a boy who is NOT afraid of ghosts, or snakes, or cats, or... well. :P Note: This review may be a bit chaotic, I really loved and enjoyed the book! So I was in London last week, and I spotted this book being promoted at Waterstones (still amazed at how normally priced the books are there in comparison to the one Waterstones we have in my country) and wanted to take it with me (especially after reading some pages of it). Sadly, I couldn't. I already had bought 2 books + I had several souvenirs that still needed to fit in my luggage. But as soon as I got home I bought the book on Amazon and thankfully it got delivered superfast! This was as fun as I had hoped! Though Sam is really a chicken about anything. :P Though I did like how he tried to face his fears, how he tried to repel the ghosts (though I wouldn't recommend doing that again as it really stinks), and how he tried to show his friends how awesome he was. I loved his dedication to the space show (and wish I could watch it as well), he was just so sweet when he tried to get his friends to understand his love for the show. The book starts to tell us what happened that was so horrible. Well, it is pretty horrible, and tons of embarrassing. I can imagine that he doesn't want to go to school any more, I know I wouldn't have gone either. :( Then again, he did go into that machine, so in a way that was brave of him. It is just a shame his body betrayed him, otherwise he would have come out a hero. The ghost (and what it turned out to be) was just the best. I had a suspicion it would be that, and was happy to see it confirmed. It was great fun to see Sam's family, and learning what Sam's true name was. I just adored Sam's friends, especially Zoe. They are the very best friends one can have. They are there for him when he needs it. They try to help out with the ghost and the snake. They like to try out new things (like the food, though I didn't like how rude they were about it at first). I am still not sure what to think of Sam's sister or the cat. On the one hand the sister is pretty kick-ass, but on the other hand I wish she would show some more respect for her bigger brother. And the cat was just annoying for most of the book, though I had a laugh near the end and what the cat did there. I have to say I didn't expect the bully to be so tiny. When we first read about the bully I had expected some bulky rich dude, but instead it is just a tiny little rich kid spoiled to death. I didn't like the guy at all, but I could see that he is also not as tough as he wants people to think he is. :P I was also worried about Ralph's sister, would she be as bad as her brother? But, thankfully, no. I am not too sure about him getting a snake and his parents allowing it. He is so afraid of it, that I wonder if he can care for it properly. A snake still needs love, and if you are just going to let it in the terrarium or dodge it every time it moves, I am sure the snake isn't going to be very happy. Later on he did show that he is getting over his fear for the snake, but still I wondered if it was really a good idea to allow him to have one. Maybe not until he really learns to care for it. Lastly, I want to say that I love how the book was full of fun illustrations, arrows with texts pointing at parts of the story, and all the other things, it made the book even more fun to read. Yep, I had tons of fun, and I am very happy to see that we will be getting more Sam Wu adventures, I can't wait for it to come out! <3 I would recommend this book to everyone! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Doyle

    Loved this. It's clever and funny and sweet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie Daniels

    A really cute book. I loved it. Sam seemed a bit younger than he should be. Younger acting maybe. Overall really cute and enjoyable though!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luna

    Given all the stuff that’s going on in my RL at the moment finding any time to read is becoming difficult and it’s making me super picky about what books I do decide to try. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a title I’ve been excited about since it was announced and it didn’t let me down one bit. I read it in a single sitting (this is super rare atm!) and had a brilliant time from that to finish. The story is fun, the illustrations are great and the characters are superb. Given the targeted age Given all the stuff that’s going on in my RL at the moment finding any time to read is becoming difficult and it’s making me super picky about what books I do decide to try. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a title I’ve been excited about since it was announced and it didn’t let me down one bit. I read it in a single sitting (this is super rare atm!) and had a brilliant time from that to finish. The story is fun, the illustrations are great and the characters are superb. Given the targeted age range the story is short, so if you’re pressed for time and a quick and entertaining read this is ideal. I’m really looking forward to the next read in the series. :D

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Sam Wu is one of those just good fun books. Fun, filled with fabulous friends and Fang! I can’t wait to read more of his tales!

  10. 5 out of 5

    lisa

    Um . . . OK, I'm not sure where to start with this review, but when I first got this ARC in my mailbox, the first thing I thought was, "Hasn't this book already been published, like, 10 years ago?" Then my husband, always eager to find new Asian authors, who write about Asian characters, skimmed the book, and said, "I swear to god that I've already read this book, but I liked it better the first time." I dug around in my files and found a book I had almost forgotten about called Alvin Ho Allergi Um . . . OK, I'm not sure where to start with this review, but when I first got this ARC in my mailbox, the first thing I thought was, "Hasn't this book already been published, like, 10 years ago?" Then my husband, always eager to find new Asian authors, who write about Asian characters, skimmed the book, and said, "I swear to god that I've already read this book, but I liked it better the first time." I dug around in my files and found a book I had almost forgotten about called Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look. So I went ahead and read this one, but I was already cross that it was basically a bad rip-off of Alvin Ho. Sam Wu loves Space Blasters, a show that sounds a lot like Doctor Who, but he's frightened of a lot of stuff, including his pet snake, the school bully and some contraption at the Space Museum where he ends up in an embarrassing situation during a school visit. He has good, quirky friends, a little sister who is smart and sassy, and not afraid of anything, and parents who happily feed his friends roast duck and turnip cake because it's Sam's favorite meal. Alvin Ho loves superheroes, but is frightened of a lot of stuff, including the school bully, and speaking aloud in class. He has good, quirky friends, a little sister who is smart and sassy, and not afraid of anything, and a mother who happily feeds his friends an after-school snack of tea and rice crackers. Alvin Ho also says adorable things like "That really fried my rice," when he's annoyed. Also, his dad is extremely patient with him, and makes sure he knows the rules of being a gentleman, and instead of getting angry with his kids, he vents his feelings by playing the piano. Alvin loves being his father's son more than he loves his own name, and the illustrations in the book, done expertly by LeUyen Pham are to die for. The illustrations in Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts are done by Nathan Reed, and they're OK. Sam Wu's dad seems fine, very matter-of-fact when dealing with Caucasian kids who think they might not like roast duck, but he doesn't have the charm of Alvin's father. Sam Wu does not say adorable things. His adventures are so-so. The thing is, I can see being influenced and inspired by Alvin Ho. He's pretty cool, and his adventures, which continue into other books are pretty awesome, so I can see other authors wanting to write their own version of Alvin Ho. But I would have liked to have seen something that stood in aside on its own, rather than being a not-so-good version of a better book. It also makes me feel a little funny to think that Katie and Kevin Tsang wrote SUCH a similar character in a similar situations, with a pants wetting episode, and a smart little sister. I wonder what Leonore Look thinks about it. So read Alvin Ho (and also the Ruby Lu books, which are also written by Leonore Look) and then read Sam Wu. I think Alvin Ho is better, but someone out there may find a deeper attachment to Sam Wu.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Super cute! A good book for reluctant readers. The pictures keep the reader engaged with the text and are unique and well drawn. I enjoyed the Chinese details included in the book and especially enjoyed the scene where Sam's friends join him for a meal at his house. Themes are facing your fears and sticking up for your friends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Reminds me of Alvin Ho. I loved the Alvin Ho books. I think it's too long(just over 200pgs) for target audience (Gr 1-3). Not sure my 4th and 5th grade reluctant readers would read this- especially since the bullying is based on Sam wetting his pants. Sam is just too young sounding - more like Horrible Harry age range (2nd-3rd).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    3.5 stars from me, 4 stars from my big kid, who loved this silly story. I liked that the main character happened to be Asian, but the story wasn’t all about his Asian-ness. It’s a powerful, if understated, form of representation and inclusion. Sadie is very excited to read the next one, which is about Sam Wu not fearing sharks.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina Reid

    Very cute and funny! Full review to come!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Such a sweet story with really important representation. Reminds me so much of my nephews.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    What an adorable read! Definitely aimed at kids aged 7-10 but amazing nonetheless. I loved Sam Wu, I loved how the illustrations and different sized fonts and stuff was similar to the Tom Gates books. This was a fab start to this new series and I can’t wait for Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Sharks.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Huxley-Jones

    My top recommendation for this age range at the moment has to be the Sam Wu series by Katie & Kevin Tsang (you may also know Katie as the author of YA novel Wing Jones). The first of the series, Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts, introduces Sam and his friends, alongside his desperate attempts to prove that he is not afraid of ghosts, through ill-thought out plans such as getting a pet snake. The story is really genuinely funny, and I caught myself laughing out loud quite a few times. It's also esp My top recommendation for this age range at the moment has to be the Sam Wu series by Katie & Kevin Tsang (you may also know Katie as the author of YA novel Wing Jones). The first of the series, Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts, introduces Sam and his friends, alongside his desperate attempts to prove that he is not afraid of ghosts, through ill-thought out plans such as getting a pet snake. The story is really genuinely funny, and I caught myself laughing out loud quite a few times. It's also especially wonderful to see such a diverse cast, led by a Chinese-American family. I have so far purchased a copy for one set of niblings and my local school. The follow up, Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks, is out on the 28th June, just in time for Summer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    Ghostly silliness mixes with middle school adventure to make an exciting read which even reluctant readers are sure to enjoy. Sam Wu knows what he likes and sticks to it—even when it means wearing his self-made Space Blasters outfit to the space museum when nobody else has heard of his favorite show. When a dare ends up in the most terrible way ever, Sam Wu is deemed as a scaredy-cat. Which he's not, and he's determined to prove it no matter what ghosts or man-eating snakes get in his way. Just a Ghostly silliness mixes with middle school adventure to make an exciting read which even reluctant readers are sure to enjoy. Sam Wu knows what he likes and sticks to it—even when it means wearing his self-made Space Blasters outfit to the space museum when nobody else has heard of his favorite show. When a dare ends up in the most terrible way ever, Sam Wu is deemed as a scaredy-cat. Which he's not, and he's determined to prove it no matter what ghosts or man-eating snakes get in his way. Just a flip through this book promises it's going to be a fun, quirky and never boring read. At 240 pages, it might sound a little longer, but the oodles and bounds of illustrations and artfully impressions in the text keep the word count light. This is a book which lives not only from the story, but the emotions and humor from the scribbles and illustrations. It's a great mix. Sam Wu sticks out from the rest of his class. He loves a show no one else has heard about and has strange favorite foods. His little sister is pesky but at the same time, a great friend. This sibling portrayal hits spot-on and is fun to follow. But Sam has more friends. His parents have his back in as much as parents can. Plus, he has two good friends who stick with him even when they don't always agree with everything or unsure. In other words, Sam is a very normal kid. Sam's adventures to prove he isn't a scaredy-cat are funny and take unexpected twists and turns. The ghosts are a sneaky turn, which adds a whole new level of adventure. But none of it ever leaves the realm of reality. Sam does learn his lesson. Somewhat. But mostly he discovers that he's not the only one who is afraid of something. The trick is in dealing with these fears. This is a great read for kids ages 8 to 12 who enjoy a lot of fun in their reads. Especially reluctant readers will enjoy the wonderful amount of illustrations and see some of themselves in Sam Wu. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed the quirkiness so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lina J.

    *Disclaimer* – I know one of the two authors. We went to high school together, which was many moons ago. Despite my connection, my review is completely honest. I purchased this book myself, partly because I wanted to support a friend, but also because it was getting great traction and I’m always on the lookout for good children’s books as books are one of my favorite things to gift, especially those I believe can spark a love of reading.I will just mention quickly that this one is definitely for *Disclaimer* – I know one of the two authors. We went to high school together, which was many moons ago. Despite my connection, my review is completely honest. I purchased this book myself, partly because I wanted to support a friend, but also because it was getting great traction and I’m always on the lookout for good children’s books as books are one of my favorite things to gift, especially those I believe can spark a love of reading.I will just mention quickly that this one is definitely for a younger audience. As a middle-grade book, technically, it could be for readers anywhere between 8 to 12 years in age. However, I think there is a big difference between what an 8-year-old may read versus a 12-year-old. This book is most suited for those towards the younger end of that age scale.That being said, this is definitely on my list of books to get for my friends’ kids. It’s funny, entertaining, and has amazing illustrations! It deals with topics to which kids can most definitely relate: fears, bullies, responsibilities, differing cultural norms, and friendship. I also love that the fiercest family member is a cat named Butterbutt!While this book is primarily about overcoming a fear of ghosts, the storyline intertwines a secondary fear, that of a pet snake. I love this addition as it teaches kids that fears can come from a place of misunderstanding or a lack of knowledge about a person, animal or situation, as the “bravest scardy-cat” in town, Sam, learns. Additionally, it not only features characters who are culturally diverse, but also characters who bring different strengths to the table (Bernard is the smartest while Zoe is really athletic) highlighting that differences are good and everyone has something to offer. This book contains good lessons, without the feeling that they are being pushed down your throat, all wrapped up in an amusing story. It was honestly a lot of fun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a solid 3-star read for me. It is the first in a series about Sam Wu. The book begins with Sam's 'Unfortunate Incident That Will NEVER Be Mentioned Again' during a school field trip. This results in Sam being christened 'Scaredy-Cat Sam' by his classmate Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third. In order to prove he is NOT scared, Sam talks his parents into getting him a pet snake, which he names Fang. How could a Scaredy-Cat own a ferocious snake as a pet? Right? (Of Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts was a solid 3-star read for me. It is the first in a series about Sam Wu. The book begins with Sam's 'Unfortunate Incident That Will NEVER Be Mentioned Again' during a school field trip. This results in Sam being christened 'Scaredy-Cat Sam' by his classmate Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third. In order to prove he is NOT scared, Sam talks his parents into getting him a pet snake, which he names Fang. How could a Scaredy-Cat own a ferocious snake as a pet? Right? (Of course, Sam IS afraid of snakes.) When Fang goes missing and Sam and his two closest friends, Zoe and Bernard, become convinced there is a ghost in Sam's house: This was my chance to prove that I wasn't Scaredy-Cat Sam. My chance to prove I was even braver than Ralph. Sam, Zoe and Bernard--with some help from Sam's little sister, Lucy--set out to do just that. What follows is a rambunctious story of trial and error before they are able to solve both problems. Both problems (Fang and the ghost) are resolved in absolutely believable ways, when applying the logic of 8-10 year-olds. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into the characters, but once I did the story really took off. It's silly without feeling ludicrous because the plot stays true to its main character: Sam. I continue to believe that characters can do outlandish things in believable ways as long as they always seem to grow organically out of who the character is. This is absolutely true in the case of Sam Wu. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts is a perfect fit for young readers who are beyond Captain Underpants but not quite ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It's fun, kid-centered and the text is still interspersed with illustrations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Owen Morris

    What I liked about this book was the fact that the main character (Sam Wu) is a B.A.M.E character but the whole story does not revolve around his race. I think that paints an unrealistic view of books with people of colour as the main character, that the whole story has to be about their race or heritage. This book has aspects of Chinese culture (for example, in the cuisine mentioned they have congee) but his race is not the only aspect of his personality. He is a space adventurer, a ghost hunte What I liked about this book was the fact that the main character (Sam Wu) is a B.A.M.E character but the whole story does not revolve around his race. I think that paints an unrealistic view of books with people of colour as the main character, that the whole story has to be about their race or heritage. This book has aspects of Chinese culture (for example, in the cuisine mentioned they have congee) but his race is not the only aspect of his personality. He is a space adventurer, a ghost hunter, a big brother and so much more! There were aspects of this book that I did not agree with however. At one point, Sam does not want to invite his friends over because his na-na does not speak fluent english and he says he "doesn't want to embarrass her" and further admits that he "didn't want to be embarrassed either". I think this could be dangerous as it implies that if you have a non fluent relative in your family, its something to be ashamed of, which obviously, it is not. With a growing amount of E.A.L students, this type of narrative could be harmful. Furthermore, another reason that he does not want to invite his friends over is that he does not have any "normal" snacks for them. Although this may seem a pedantic thing to point out, the notion that English snacks are normal and Chinese snacks are not already begins to set the standard that English in right and anything else is 'alternative'. I think that this type of presentation of Chinese or any non-English heritage could be harmful. Overall, I did enjoy this book but page 70 should be skipped out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy (Golden Books Girl)

    In their lovely MG debut, Katie and Kevin Tsang tell the story of Sam Wu, who is scared of quite a lot of things, but desperately trying to prove he`s brave after a mortifying incident that cannot be mentioned takes place on the school trip. Sam, along with best friends Zoe and Bernard, sets out to prove he isn`t afraid of ghosts by getting rid of the one he thinks is in house. Sam is such an adorable character, and I feel like everyone, no matter their age, will be able to relate to him in some In their lovely MG debut, Katie and Kevin Tsang tell the story of Sam Wu, who is scared of quite a lot of things, but desperately trying to prove he`s brave after a mortifying incident that cannot be mentioned takes place on the school trip. Sam, along with best friends Zoe and Bernard, sets out to prove he isn`t afraid of ghosts by getting rid of the one he thinks is in house. Sam is such an adorable character, and I feel like everyone, no matter their age, will be able to relate to him in some way and empathise with the way he feels about his fears and the way that the school bully Ralph makes fun of him after The Incident. I also thought the humour was really sweet and subtle; it made me smile a lot, and the illustrations by Nathan Reed added even more humour. The secondary characters are also delightful, and I particularly loved Sam`s clever friend Bernard and pets Butterbutt and Fang. It was lovely to see the culture of Sam`s Chinese-American family as such a prominent feature, and I felt like the resolution of what the ghost really was was fantastic, and so clever as when I thought about it there had been little hints dropped. I`m so excited to read Sam`s 2nd adventure, in which he faces his fear of sharks, soon! 4.5/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    Sam Wu is scared of many things but he is determined not to let anyone find out. After an unfortunate incident on a class field trip to the Space Museum, classmates are calling him Scaredy-Cat Sam. He becomes the target of the class bully Ralph. Sam decides that the best thing to do is to prove to everyone that he is the bravest person in the school. How can he accomplish this? First, he needs a terrifying and deadly sidekick. So, he buys a pet snake called Fang although he is secretly afraid of Sam Wu is scared of many things but he is determined not to let anyone find out. After an unfortunate incident on a class field trip to the Space Museum, classmates are calling him Scaredy-Cat Sam. He becomes the target of the class bully Ralph. Sam decides that the best thing to do is to prove to everyone that he is the bravest person in the school. How can he accomplish this? First, he needs a terrifying and deadly sidekick. So, he buys a pet snake called Fang although he is secretly afraid of snakes. One day, the lights go out and Fang disappears. Who let Fang out? Could it have been a ghost? Was it the Ghost King- a menacing character from Sam’s favorite TV space show? Sam and his three friends go on a fun-filled adventure to uncover the mystery and to find Fang. This hilarious, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. It is ideal for any reader who enjoys shorter, illustrated books. The dynamic typography and graphics are engaging and perfect for reluctant readers. Reviewed by: Jane Khaytin, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  24. 4 out of 5

    I _teach_muggles

    This is the first in a series of books about Sam Wu and it is an outrageous romp through a young boys’ struggles as he tries to prove that he is the best at something. It is difficult growing up when you have friends that are the fastest, the tallest and the smartest and you are the nothing-est. And to make matters worse, Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, the school bully, calls you Sam Wu-ser (yes it rhymes with loser). After THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT THAT SHALL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN at the Sp This is the first in a series of books about Sam Wu and it is an outrageous romp through a young boys’ struggles as he tries to prove that he is the best at something. It is difficult growing up when you have friends that are the fastest, the tallest and the smartest and you are the nothing-est. And to make matters worse, Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, the school bully, calls you Sam Wu-ser (yes it rhymes with loser). After THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT THAT SHALL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN at the Space Museum, Sam sets out to shake off the name Scaredy-Cat-Sam and prove that he is the bravest…by any means possible. Whether that be buying a deadly pet or catching a terrifying ghost. With his favourite TV show Space Blasters and Captain Jane and Spaceman Jack to guide him, what can possibly go wrong? It was refreshing to read a children’s book where the main character is from a culturally diverse background and I loved how the authors explored elements of this without it taking over the narrative. Sam’s nervousness at his friends coming over to his house and their shock at a dinner of roast duck and turnip cake and then having to eat using chopsticks. Na-na with her english language difficulties but who is always there for Sam when he needs her, even if that wink she gives him means that he will owe her at some point. I challenge any child or adult to not be laughing out loud as they read this book. This is a particularly great read for children who are in the early stages of reading chapter books. The pages are not overloaded with text and the wacky and imaginative layout is packed full of hilarious illustrations by the talented Nathan Reed. This book is unashamedly over the top and everything is exaggerated - and it is all the better for this!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    It reads a little bit like an off-brand Alvin Ho, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Most kids in the target audience don't think like that about the books they love; if they liked it, they tend to want to read something very similar. And it's not like there can only be one series for younger middle-grade readers about an Asian American boy who is scared of things! (Plus Alvin very clearly has anxiety, and Sam Wu does not.) I liked Alvin Ho better, but this was still an enjoyable read that ma It reads a little bit like an off-brand Alvin Ho, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Most kids in the target audience don't think like that about the books they love; if they liked it, they tend to want to read something very similar. And it's not like there can only be one series for younger middle-grade readers about an Asian American boy who is scared of things! (Plus Alvin very clearly has anxiety, and Sam Wu does not.) I liked Alvin Ho better, but this was still an enjoyable read that made me giggle sometimes, and I'm pretty sure I actually laughed once. I wasn't crazy about the page design choices, and Sam made some very questionable decisions in regards to pet ownership (DON'T LET YOUR LITTLE SISTER PICK UP YOUR SNAKE BY PULLING HIS TAIL, SAM) that never got called out, so I can't go above a 3.5 here. Also the idea for the page design was really solid; I think kids will find it engaging and fun, I just thought it was too much and made the text hard to follow occasionally.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    I had the opportunity to read a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This middle grade illustrated novel is one that will be attractive to the target audience of upper elementary kids. Sam Wu had unfortunate accident during a school field trip and now he feels compelled to prove to the whole school that he is not a "scaredy cat". Kids will definitely be able to relate to his embarrassment and will enjoy reading about Sam's attempt to get a ferocious sidekick pet, I had the opportunity to read a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This middle grade illustrated novel is one that will be attractive to the target audience of upper elementary kids. Sam Wu had unfortunate accident during a school field trip and now he feels compelled to prove to the whole school that he is not a "scaredy cat". Kids will definitely be able to relate to his embarrassment and will enjoy reading about Sam's attempt to get a ferocious sidekick pet, show his friends that he is not afraid of it, and eradicate a ghost that he believes is haunting his home. Because of Sam's Chinese heritage, readers also have the opportunity to learn a little about some of the foods his family enjoys. This is a fun book that will be a popular one on a middle grade book shelf.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seawood

    I received this as a free paperback copy in a Toppsta giveaway for my daughter to review. This does not affect my review. A great little book! Nicely illustrated, it should appeal to children making the jump into chapter books (and to parents sick to death of Wimpy Kid et al). Sam is a great character; funny and madcap but also thoughtful and kind. His sidekicks are nice kids and his sister is a secret ninja (I didn't tell you that!). The cat is also hilariously-named. I love the wry asides in fo I received this as a free paperback copy in a Toppsta giveaway for my daughter to review. This does not affect my review. A great little book! Nicely illustrated, it should appeal to children making the jump into chapter books (and to parents sick to death of Wimpy Kid et al). Sam is a great character; funny and madcap but also thoughtful and kind. His sidekicks are nice kids and his sister is a secret ninja (I didn't tell you that!). The cat is also hilariously-named. I love the wry asides in footnotes and the cartoon arrows that add to the story. Sam's Chinese family background is deftly threaded through the book in ways I think most kids will empathise with. I'll definitely be putting a copy on the school library shelves.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrianne Rutherford

    I was so excited to read this when it was announced and so glad to have finally got a copy. This book has guaranteed laughs from the first page and made me wish i had a book like this when i was younger. This is such a sweet and fun book and I loved Sam, his friends (especially Zoey when she corrected them by saying she's the fastest person not the fastest girl in the school) and his family. Its filled with gorgeous illustrations, and little extra annotations from Sam and i honestly can't wait f I was so excited to read this when it was announced and so glad to have finally got a copy. This book has guaranteed laughs from the first page and made me wish i had a book like this when i was younger. This is such a sweet and fun book and I loved Sam, his friends (especially Zoey when she corrected them by saying she's the fastest person not the fastest girl in the school) and his family. Its filled with gorgeous illustrations, and little extra annotations from Sam and i honestly can't wait for the next one and know that many children are going to adore this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Davis

    I received an ARC of this title through The Story Shop. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts follows the titular character on his adventure to prove that he is brave (or, at least, not a scaredy-cat). Along with his friends Zoe and Bernard, Sam tries to create a new reputation after a humiliating incident occurs at school. The trio claim to be snake wranglers and ghost hunters, but can they actually face these creepy beings? This novel is perfect for children who love humor and adventure simultaneously I received an ARC of this title through The Story Shop. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts follows the titular character on his adventure to prove that he is brave (or, at least, not a scaredy-cat). Along with his friends Zoe and Bernard, Sam tries to create a new reputation after a humiliating incident occurs at school. The trio claim to be snake wranglers and ghost hunters, but can they actually face these creepy beings? This novel is perfect for children who love humor and adventure simultaneously.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    Sam Wu is determined to prove he is not afraid, especially after The Incident at the Space Museum (it involved a ghost, a malfunctioning space ship, and a need for a change of clothes). Sam has good friends, a brave little sister, and a wild imagination. What (else) could possibly go wrong? Reviewers have recommended this series for kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alvin Ho, or Hank Zipper. My kiddos love Wimpy Kid, but haven't really discovered Alvin or Hank. I think I need an " if you like Sam Wu is determined to prove he is not afraid, especially after The Incident at the Space Museum (it involved a ghost, a malfunctioning space ship, and a need for a change of clothes). Sam has good friends, a brave little sister, and a wild imagination. What (else) could possibly go wrong? Reviewers have recommended this series for kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alvin Ho, or Hank Zipper. My kiddos love Wimpy Kid, but haven't really discovered Alvin or Hank. I think I need an " if you like this, then try..." display.

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