Reviews & Press

Here you will find interviews, reviews, and other bits of media related to my work.


CTV Saskatoon  I Read Canadian Day pick 

NBC News15 Louisiana KidLit Pick of the Week

“Add adventure to your family walks with a little street art appreciation.” The Toronto Star feature

” [A] playful approach to perception and perspective.” Quill and Quire, STARRED review!

“A thoroughly original fable about art’s revitalizing power.” -Publisher’s Weekly review

“Sweet and wistful. . . Banksy might be flattered by this book, but he probably wouldn’t admit it in public.” Kirkus Reviews

“Inspirational and provocative.” FIVE star review CM Magazine

Anonymouse is a poetic and visually witty paean to the power of creativity and the ability of art to inspire and unite us. Readers will enjoy wondering what Anonymouse could be up to right now and will surely consider their own surroundings in a new, imaginative light. “ The BookPage review

“The fleeting creature who brings beauty and joy to everyone, creating in improbable places, illustrates for kids how art can pop up anywhere.  Less about the artistic process than about the unexpected nature of creativity, Vikki VanSickle and Anna Pirolli’s new book emphasizes how, once it is here, we come to depend on these surprising appearances to enrich our lives. Imaginary Elevators review

“[M]ixes street art, animals and gorgeous illustrations to create a meditation on how art can uplift any creature’s spirit when it speaks directly to them.” 49th Shelf

“There’s no somber, classroom-approved message in this book, rather it is a celebration of art for art’s sake, reveling in the spontaneity of street art. ” I’veReadThis Jr Edition

“The many sweet stories told in the accompanying artwork are sure to lead to focused attention and lively discussion about animals, art and the environment.” Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“Vikki VanSickle’s storytelling is wonderful here, making Anonymouse simultaneously quick-witted and incisive. ” Fab Book Reviews

Anonymouse is a beautiful and vibrant picture book. ” Young Adulting


An Indigo Best Books of 2020 Selection

Watch my interview on Someone’s Good Books, a video series with Joel Sutherland, or listen to it on Spotify

Hooked on Books Interview about Teddy Bear of the Year and writing

“VanSickle amuses with on-the-job lingo, and Hanson’s enchanted scenes highlight teddies’ ability to comfort.” Publisher’s Weekly

“A kind, fuzzy story . . . sincerely celebrates kindness and comfort.” Kirkus Reviews 

“The empathetic story of hardworking Teddy’s will appeal to young and old readers, and the artwork is soothing and reassuring. An excellent way to end a stressful or busy day.” Young Adulting 

Teddy Bear of the Year is a well-written and lovingly illustrated book, one imbued with humour that readers of all ages will appreciate.”  CM magazine, 5 star review

Teddy Bear of The Year is the perfect children’s story and it warmed all our hearts (including our teddy bears)…We give it 10 bears out of 5!Momma Braga 

“[W]ell-paced, sweet and engaging story. . .the gentle lesson Ollie learns is something we could all benefit from hearing.” Resource Links 

“The message highlighting the importance of consistency is a subtle one, but it’s relevant for all age groups, and I must confess I felt a relaxing sense of confirmation after finishing this book. My daughter simply loved the idea of her stuffed animals living their own secret life once she went to sleep, so this book is a true crowd pleaser.” I’ve Read This Jr Edition

“[W]arm-hearted, unpretentious, and up-to-date.”  Imaginary Elevators

“This beautiful book explains empathy, love and togetherness so beautifully. We can’t emphasize enough how much this book should be in your personal library.”

“Teddy bear learns a valuable life lesson in this delightful picture book.”

46 Canadian Picture Books to Read This Spring CBC Books 

Book Bug Ca Interview Part 1 & Part 2


Vikki VanSickle, Danielle Younge-Ullman Amone 2018 Forest of Winners, CBC Books, May 2018

9 Canadian young adult books we are excited to read CBC Books

Why Vikki VanSickle writes for her 11 year-old self CBC books

Vikki VanSickle has lots to say about fear, distrust, manipulation, and blind submission but also about defiance, courage and winnowing the irrational to reveal the truth.  What The Winnowing teaches us is that there is a need for caution in construing meaning within the realm of fear, as well as for openness and respect for all.” CanLit for Little Canadians review

” [E]ven though this book is very clearly steeped in the sci-fi genre, what shines more are the topics of friendship, growing up, and accepting who you are. ” Squinklebooks review 

The Winnowing is a story of friendship, of challenging the status quo, and of scientific endeavour which has taken a very sinister turn.” CM Magazine review


Vikki VanSickle’s first picture book is an outstanding success. The humorous storyline, the strong rhyming scheme, and the bold illustrations by Cale Atkinson make If I Had a Gryphon a marvellous addition to the picture book genre. Sure to be a favourite among fantasy fans and those contemplating what their perfect pet might be—mythical or otherwise! ” CM Magazine 

VanSickle delivers lean, bouncy verse and an impressive array of offbeat creatures, while Atkinson’s illustrations are bold and hint at dynamic motion. . .brisk and bright. “ Kirkus Reviews

VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy. ” Publisher’s Weekly Review

“VanSickle uses catchy and clever rhymes to move the story briskly along, while Atkinson captures perfectly the mounting frustration and dismay of the resourceful but increasingly dispirited heroine..A great read-aloud that will get children excited to learn about the amazing creatures that can be found within the pages of a book. ” School Library Journal

“A delightful book.” Globe and Mail 

“Books Your Kids Will Actually Like, Chosen by The People Who Know.” 

Global Morning Interview
Canada AM interview

Roger’s TV- Oxford County Living interview, March 2016

Author Shares Mythical Pet Care Tips, The Winkler Times, May 2018

Five Questions Q&A Avery & Augustine 

Interview & review at Fab Book Reviews

Interview & review at Books are My Fandom

The Book Wars review 

“If you’ve ever wished for an exciting pet or would have cursed someone to be in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, this book is for you.” Bellsie Books

“Though the roster of books about unconventional pets is lengthy, few pack in as many candidates as this one. Kids are sure to get a kick out of this practical glimpse at magical creatures.” Booklist

“This book is perfect for the kid who has a boundless imagination.” Mary Had a Little Library 

“[I]t will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas! ” Picky Pages Project

“I think this is one of the best children’s books I have read recently and I loved the rhyming pattern. ” Read Jezire Read

“Vikki Van Sickle’s bouncy, rhyming verse begs to be read aloud.  With its funny and offbeat humour, If I Had a Gryphon is the perfect choice for readers yearning for a furry or fantasy pet of their own. ” National Reading Campaign Review 

Storytime Spotlight podcast interview 

Canadian Children’s Book News June 2016 Interview 

The Narrative Causality 

She’s Got Books On Her Mind

Little Bird

Pickle Me This 


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Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. The Montreal Gazette. July 2014.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup. May 2014.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review Squinklebooks March 2015.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. On Page 394.  April 17, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights. The Fun Librarian. October 28, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights on CTV Kitchener’s Province-Wide Summer Reading List. July 29, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights: A Profound Sense of Place. Regina Leader-Post. July 6, 2013.

Third Hand Bookstore Book of the Week: Summer Days, Starry Nights

Summer Days, Starry Nights. Toronto Star Review. August 18, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights. Winnipeg Press Review. August 17th, 2013.

A Breath of Summer: Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Bookish Notions. July 5, 2013

Review: Summer Days, Starry Nights. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. July 5, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Quill and Quire. June 2013

Canadian Children’s Book Centre: List of LGBTQ Books for Kids and Teens (Days That End in Y)

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Edge of Seventeen. June 21, 2013

Q&A with Edge of Seventeen Blog. June 21, 2013

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Your Hidden Shelf. June 17, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. June 11, 2013.

Groovin’ to the 60s at Summer Days, Starry Nights Launch: Recap. Bookish Notions. May 31, 2013.


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Toronto Public Library: The Book on the Shelf, Spirit Day 2014 Edition 

CBC Books: If You Love Judy Blume, You’ll Love…Days That End in Y.  May 30, 2014.

Marty Chan, YA Writers on Shakespeare. The Next Chapter. CBC Books. April 21, 2014.

Resource Links Magazine Best Books of 2013: Fiction Grades 7-12

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Family Literacy Day 2014 Reading List

YA PRIDE: Days That End in Y. More Than Just Magic. June 18th, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. Misbehavin’ Librarian. March 3, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. March 1, 2013.

Five Star Review: Days That End in Y. Rachelle Delaney Tumblr. February 21, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. February 12, 2013.

Woodstock’s Top 40 Under 40. Oxford Shopping News. June 29, 2012.

Children’s Author Talks Value of Books with Local Readers. Prince Albert Daily Herald. May 9, 2012.

Vikki VanSickle has Seen the Highs of Having Several Books Published and the Lows of the Dozens Manuscripts Rejected. Saint Thomas Times Journal. March 26, 2012.

See if you can find me in this slideshow of pictures from the 2012 Book Lovers Ball via The Globe and Mail. Feb 2011.

Review of C Comme Catastrophe in Le Courrier. Dec 2011.

Fab Books of the Year Part 2. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. Dec 2011.

Proust Questionnaire. Open Book Toronto. Dec 2011.


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Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Squinklebooks March 2015.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Bookish Notions. April 12, 2013.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CanLit for Little Canadians Blog Review.  Nov 19, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Keen Readers Blog Review. Dec 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CM Magazine. Dec 2011.

Book signing Children’s Author Visits with Home Town Fans. By John Tapley. Woodstock Sentinel Review. Nov 13, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Pass the Chiclets Blog. Oct 19, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews Blog.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Knows Lots of B Words. Quillblog.Sue Carter Flinn. July 29, 2011.


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Squinklebooks Review. March 2015

Book a Day Calendar: A Month of Family Reading Suggestions. Huffington Post Canada. June 5, 2014.

Words That Start With B Review. Bookish Notions.  March 30th, 2013.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s review. July 18, 2001.

Sitting By The Ocean blog review. July 20, 2011.

Reederreads blog review. July 1, 2011.

Professionally Speaking: Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers Review. June, 2011.

Quill & Quire Review. Sept 2010.

Lavender Lines Blog Review. April 21, 2011.

Keepin’ it Real Book Club Blog Review.  April 3, 2011.

Pass the Chiclets Blog Review. March 29, 2011.

Whatchareading Blog Review. March 27, 2011.

Mere’s Blog Review. March 7, 2011.

10 Questions with Vikki VanSickle. Woozles Blog. Feb 14, 2011

Waterloo Region Record Review. Jan 29, 2011.

CM Magazine Review. Jan 14, 2011.

CTV British Columbia Best Books for Under the Tree. Dec 9th, 2010

Word of Mouse Book Reviews. Dec 12th, 2010.

Woodstock Author Writes About “Heavy Issues”. By Heather Rivers. Woodstock Sentinel Review. November 9th 2010.

Children’s text short list explores diversity. By Beverly Brenna. The StarPhoenix. November 6 2010.

CBC Books: The Book Club Podcast. November 5th 2010.

Shelf Elf Review. October 26, 2010

Author Interview with Rachelle Delaney. October 8, 2010.

Toronto Tuesdays Interview with Claudia Osmond. October 5, 2010.

Library of Clean Reads Review. October 2, 2010.

“Hunger Games Reaches the Twilight Zone” by Rachelle Delaney. Globe and Mail, Saturday September 25th, 2010.

Ten Questions With Vikki VanSickle- Open Book Toronto

Scholastic Book Fair Author Spotlight

8 thoughts on “Reviews & Press”

  1. Hi Vikki,

    Steph ordered me a copy of ‘C comme Catastrophe’ for my classroom library. I’d like to get a copy of it for our school library as well (we already have the english version in the library). Just curious, do you ever get out to schools to speak to kids about writing and being an author? If you do, would you ever consider coming to St. Thomas (I’m teaching at Pierre Elliott Trudeau there)?

    Congrats on all your success!

    Shaun MacDonald

  2. I work in a middle school library. Would you consider Words that start with B / C comme Catastrophe / Love is a four-letter word / days that end in Y a series and if so, is there a specific order they should be read in or could they be read as stand alone novels.

    1. Hi Edna! Yes, they are a loose series following two middle schoolers from garde 7-8, but they can be read as stand-alones. The order is Words That Start With B, Love is a Four-Letter Word, and then Days That End in Y.

      1. I just read your book for summer days, starry nights. I absolutely loved it, it was inspiring. I hope I get to go, to see who wins the award. I really wish you do. Great job!
        Please respond to my letter

      2. Thank you for reading Summer Days, Starry Nights! If you do come to the award ceremony please come and say hello, we can talk about our favourite characters 🙂

  3. Hi Vikki! My name is Lilly and I am a big fan of your novel The Winnowing. I just had a question concerning the ending and would love if you could answer. What happened to Abbot, Ren, Kamal, Daisy and Dr. Lowry after the truth was revealed about the Winnowing? Once again I really enjoyed reading this book and would be so happy if you could reply.

    1. Hi Lilly! Thank you for reading The Winnowing, I am thrilled you enjoyed it! I do know what happens, but I’m nervous about sharing it JUST IN CASE I end up writing a sequel. There isn’t one planned at the moment, but you never know 🙂

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