Review: Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Katie and Kevin Tsang


Author/s: Katie and Kevin Tsang

Illustrated By: Nathan Reed

Age: Middle grade

Pages: 205

Publication date: 08/02/18

Published by: Egmont

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 truly laugh-out-loud, voice-led and madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt, perfect for fans of Tom Gates, Wilf the Mighty Worrier and Barry Loser, and readers aged six plus.

Look out for Sam’s jawsome follow-up adventure – Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks! coming in July 2018

My rating:


Sam Wu has been on my most anticipated list since I first found out about it and it did not disappoint. Gorgeously illustrated by the talented Nathan Reed, trust me, you’ll love them. the layout is awesome, adding that extra touch of humour to the story. I love Sam’s younger sister, Lucy, she’s just brilliant and Na Na is hilarious!

Meet Sam Wu. He’s NOT a scaredy cat, and is definitely NOT Afraid of ghosts (he is). Sam, along with friends Zoe and Bernard, all certified ghost hunters go on an adventure to to find Sam’s evil sidekick, Fang, an extremely dangerous pet snake. And catch the ghost in his house.

I love that Sam is Chinese. We need more POC characters in books, it’s so important that children can see themselves in books. I also liked how Sam’s culture is incorporated into the story, Zoe and Bernard’s reaction to the dinner Sam’s dad made is seriously funny. I laughed through the whole bus and tube journey home.

Sam Wu is hilarious, witty and will delight both children and adults alike. It’s a must read! I can’t wait for Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks.

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