Don’t be scared!

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By Emily Gravettaward-winning author and illustrator

As her book Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears scoops the prestigious Greenaway award, Emily Gravett talks about her own fears and phobias

As a child I think I had most of the usual childhood fears. I was scared of the dark; of being left on my own; and of my sister – she used to bite me! I was also scared of a witch I was convinced was living in our airing cupboard. I still have a strange memory of a green hand appearing around the cupboard door. It scared me stupid!


I think that in a way I was lucky. I was scared of plenty of things, real and imaginary, but I wasn’t so scared of any one thing that it overshadowed my life. Nevertheless, I carried fears into my adult life, albeit manifested into different forms. I didn’t give childhood fears much more thought until I had my own daughter and realised that my fear was rubbing off on her and the time had come to face it.

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