I’m Vincent and I’m Not Afraid
Convincing insight into the thoughts and emotions of a bullied child.
You could describe this as a classic book about bullying, but that would be doing a disservice to Enne Koens’s talent as a writer. In lucid language, she has penned a very moving story.
Eleven-year-old Vincent is constantly in survival mode. At school he gets excluded and mistreated, and he doesn’t really understand why. He finds consolation with a succession of imaginary animal friends and with his babysitter, Charlotte. She’s firm with him when it matters, and kind to him when he needs it. His new classmate, Jasmijn, is a bit like her. To Vincent’s surprise, Jasmijn wants to be his friend, but that still doesn’t get rid of the bullies. At school camp, the events reach a climax and Vincent finally dares to speak out.
A beautiful children’s book that gives young readers convincing insight into the thoughts and emotions of a bullied child.