A young girl has a small Fear with her all the time. It helps keep her safe. However, when she moves away, the Fear grows to an extent where it takes over. It will not let her even leave the house at times. And it makes her new school very difficult. She cannot imagine anyone understanding her, or her feelings. However, the reader can see that there is a “little something” (in the form of a young boy) that seems to want to get to know her better. Finally, of course, the two of them meet, become friends and the girl sees that the boy has a little something, that follows him too. She realizes that she is not the only one with a little Fear inside of her. Everyone does, too.
Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna is simple in format, text, and concept. We have seen the story before. What makes it different is the fact the art is almost surreal and fantastical. If I had to say, it almost feels like it was Scandinavia or Germanic in style. It has a modern, but old world, feeling to it. There is nothing that “jumped” out at me, but it was a cozy read and enjoyable. A child who has moved, or has fear(s) of their own will relate, but it is not just an “any old time” read.
While it can be an all ages read/listening book, it is geared toward slightly older children. I would not go past say seven, due to the picture book format. This is a know your reader, and even for the adult who collects picture books or might be going through a tough time of their own.