When You're Scared

When You're Scared


Text: Andrée Poulin

Illustrations: Véronique Joffre


A boy and his mother set up camp in the forest. They cross paths with a bear cub, who is stuck in a garbage bin, and his mother, who is trying in vain to free him. The protagonists are all scared, which they will have to overcome. With sparing text, the story allows readers to interpret the illustrations.



  • This edition

    ISBN 978-2-924332-17-7

    Released on September 29th, 2015

    21.5 x 28.5 cm

    48 pages — Hardcover
    4+ years

  • Reviews

    “With sparse text, Andrée Poulin conveys a range of emotions and tells a touching story. Repetitions make it clear that despite different contexts, people and animals can feel the same thing.”

    Pierre-Alexandre Bonin, Campagne pour la lecture


    “Playing with color and texture, the illustrations on a white background admirably support the visual narration in the book.”

    Louisanne Lethiecq, J’enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse


    “Almost wordless, the book is easily understood with its clean, crisp drawings, combining felt pen and paper cutouts. The effect is a pleasure to look at and intentionally imperfect, completely in line with the ruggedness of nature and the two massive bears.”

    Sophie Pilaire, Ricochet

  • Éditions étrangères

    France — Gallimard jeunesse (Giboulées)

    USA/Canada — Owlkids Books