Ishkabibble Unafraid

This story of a monster afraid of children began as an idea to use with a puppet when Cindi was Giggle Blossom the Clown. It was written in February 2019, and then set aside after feedback that made her feel like it was no good. She picked it back up again in early 2021 and shared it with her publisher. After feedback from her publisher’s daughter, Cindi wrote the other half of the story.

Ishkabibble is a monster afraid of the sounds in his closet. When he meets a human afraid of monsters, is there really anything to be afraid of after all? Ishkabibble Unafraid is a fun rhyming story about overcoming fears and making new friends.


5.0 out of 5 stars Super sweet story!

This book reminded me of the bedtime stories I was read as a child. I’m so thrilled to be able to continue the bedtime tradition with this book! The story was sweet and adorable and the illustrations are beautiful and soft. The perfect children’s bedtime story!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, creative approach to helping kids with bedtime fears!

I thought this concept was lovely, and my 2-year-old has already asked to read it about 10 times in 2 days! The words are lyrical and and fun, and the concept of two children (albeit of different species) being afraid of their differences and ultimately find friendship and common interests and feelings is not lost on me. It’s a very sweet story with an important message!

5.0 out of 5 stars – Readers Favorite

Monster stories are always popular with kids. Some kids relish being a little bit scared, and others need reassurance that the noises they hear in the night won’t hurt them. Ishkabibble Unafraid is a perfect story to share with kids who are afraid of noises at night. Jack Foster has depicted Ishkabibble as a one-eyed, green furry monster with colorful horns and a big goofy grin. His illustrations are full of wonderful details including a little mouse who appears throughout the story. Cindi Handley Goodeaux has flipped the monster story by focusing on Ishkabibble and his worries, instead of the child’s fears. It’s a clever way for kids to see someone else’s perspective. Ishkabibble Unafraid will be a reassuring read for all those a little afraid of what lurks in the dark.