SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID OF SHARKS, BOOK #2, by Katie & Kevin Tsang, Illustrated by Nathan Reed, Sterling Children’s Books


Brilliantly funny new young series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except when he is). And when a shark TOTALLY tries to eat him at the local aquarium, he decides he’s not going to take any more chances. So at his friend’s birthday party at the beach, Sam refuses to dip even a toe in the water. Nothing could go wrong now, could it?

approx. 204 pages

Out June 28, 2018 in UK

Out March 2019 in Canada/US


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

First and foremost… I GOT A NEW BOOKMARK!!!!!!

It’s great swag for this book sent to me from Lauren at Sterling Publishing.  I absolutely love it! It’s all shiny and new and two-sided promo graphics! Love it!  Thank you so much for sending me this surprise!

So let’s get into the facts. Sam Wu is published by Egmont UK Publishing, the same publisher of many familiar greats, such as:

  1. Michael Mafurgo (author of Warhorse)
  2. Andy Stanton
  3. Enid Blyton
  4. Julia Donaldson
  5. Michael Grant
  6. William Nicholson
  7. Helen Oxenbury
  8. Jim Smith
  9. Katherine Woodfine
  10. Jason Rohan (author of the Kuromori series)
  11. Dorothy Edwards’ books
  12. Sarah Driver’s (Huntress series)
  13. Neil Patrick Harris (Magic Misfits)
  14. Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang series)
  15. Robert Beatty (Seraphina series)
  16. Tahereh Mafi (Ignite Me++)
  17. Anne Fine books

Go check it out: Here

Sterling Publishing is the distributer for Egmont in Canada. Do you recognize any of these? Quite the list and that’s just a teeny bit of whom they represent. I’ve read and reviewed a few of their books

So Sam Wu is a series for ages six plus. There are currently three books to the series so far: Sam Wu Isn’t Afraid of the Dark, and, Sam Wu Isn’t Afraid of Ghosts. This one is book two!

I heard of Sam Wu and his multitude of fears through word of mouth, and wanted to know more.  In this book, there’s humour and adventure and crazy antics galore.   You have an underdog MC who gets himself into some strange pickles and uses funny plots and schemes to get himself out of them. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud at the things Sam Wu does, situations he manages to get into, or how he overthinks everything.  There’s illustrations included to compliment the story.

A bit of research had me surprised to find out that Katie Tsang also writes YA as Katherine Webber and Kevin used some of his own experiences during childhood for Sam Wu’s adventures.

It’s a great book and great publishers involved.  Go check them out and see for yourself.

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