Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes by Stacey Marshall

In the story, a precocious third grader named Katie shrivels during various common scenarios at her new school--show and tell, chatting in the lunchroom, presenting/participating in class, the playground scene. That is, until a unique superhero swoops in to the rescue, demonstrating how to have self confidence and courage.

About Author Stacey Marshall  '86 recently released a bestselling children's book, Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes. A copy of the book has been donated to the CCDS library in honor of Merrie Jane Pierce, one of Stacey's former Charlotte Country Day teachers and a current CCDS grandparent. An exceprt from one of her reviews: “Stacey Marshall spins an inspiring and heartwarming story of acceptance for who you are and the courage to become an active participant in one’s life. A must have book!” - Donna M. McDine Award-winning Children's Author, The Golden Pathway Stacey is under contract for a second book in the Captain Courage series due out within a year. Learn more about Stacey, her book series, and where you can purchase a copy of her latest book at

My Review:

A delightful book that should be mandatory in every elementary school. When a sweet little third grader, Katie, moves to a new school, Blythe Elementary. She is paralyzed with fear. An out going child, who is now in something new, and is very afraid.
You will love how the wonderful teacher Mrs Berrycastle, and the Principal Mr Magico, trying to put the children at ease with their manner and smiles. They notice how shy Katie is, and she seems petrified to come out of her shell.
The name of the book brings a smile to my face, and when a super hero with fear squishing shoes shows up in the class room one day, we find out what an amazing school she attends. The super hero's name is Captain Courage and you will love his super powers.
The book is geared to the ages 4 to 11, and the brightly colored pages just draw you in. Each child will feel special, and the book is just made for them and their imaginations. I shared this with my 5 and 7 year old grandsons, and they wanted it read again and again.

I received this book from the Author, Stacey Marshall, and was not required to give a positive review.

Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes is available at, Barnes and and select retailers throughout the US.  For more information on author Stacey Marshall and the Captain Courage series, visit   Check out Stacey’s humorous video about the way kids communicate today vs. in the past:

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