Fraidy Cat is a children’s book I’ve written and illustrated that is directed toward children in the preschool to early elementary range. As a way of introducing the book, I pose to you the following questions: What child has not experienced fear? What child is not fascinated by animals? The simply lighthearted text of Fraidy Cat illustrates how various kinds of animals deal with fear. The main character is a fearful cat aptly named Fraidy. By playing a game called Fraidy Cat, the cat’s owners (two children name Felicia and Freddy) repeatedly ask the question of how their pet would behave if he were some animal other than a cat. Within the framework of the text and the unique collage illustrations, the defenses employed by various species in handling fear are presented to the young audience. If you are an agent or publisher interested in the book, you can contact David Sheskin at

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