Readers are drawn into this picture book immediately when it begins with the introduction of the main character, Clarice Caroline. Then the reader discovers that she is not brave but afraid of everything! The reader gets carried along with the way the illustrator has changed different fonts on the words that need a ‘big’ emphasis and before you know it you are riding a wave with Clarice Caroline to the very end. Of course, the illustrations subtly change from light colours to the dark and unknown leaving the reader wondering what really is in the room at the end.
This is a language-rich picture book that when read out loud to an audience has everyone wondering how Clarice Caroline is not so brave during some parts of the story, but is incredibly brave at the end. Children will be able to identify with certain aspects of this story, perhaps making them think that they too can be ‘fearless’ in different situations when it is needed.