Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
- Reading age: 4 to 8
See below for English description.
Ce n'est pas que Frisson soit peureux; il est seulement un peu paranoïaque. Après tout, pourquoi risquerait-il de descendre de son arbre? En bas, il pourrait trouver des tarantules ou de l'herbe à puces, des microbes ou quelque terrible bestiole. Heureusement qu'il possède une trousse d'urgence! Mais est-ce suffisant?
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day… his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting…
Original title: Scaredy Squirrel
About the author
La jeune auteure-illustratrice Mélanie Watt, née à Trois-Rivières, a remporté pour son travail de prestigieuses récompenses, dont le Prix Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz, le Prix Blue Spruce et le Prix Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon, tous les trois pour Frisson l'écureuil.
It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers” Choices Project.
Mélanie's best known book, Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards, including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children”s Book Award for Children”s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator”s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit's newest superstar. Chester, Chester's Back! and Chester's Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller, and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.
Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.
Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.
- Winner, prix Shining Willow
- Winner, Prix Ruth et Sylvia Schwartz
- Winner, Prix Blue Spruce
- Winner, prix Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon
Other titles by Mélanie Watt
Frisson l’écureuil visite la clinique
Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor
Les aventures de Frisson : No 2 - Frisson l’écureuil et la surprise
Scaredy Squirrel In a Nutshell
Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise
Frisson l'écureuil se prépare pour Noël
Frisson l'écureuil se prépare pour l'Halloween
Frisson l’écureuil en bref
Frisson l’écureuil en bref