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Children's Fiction Squirrels

Frisson l’écureuil visite la clinique

illustrated by Melanie Watt

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
Squirrels, General, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


See below for English description.

Frisson l’écureuil sait qu’il est important de surveiller sa santé, mais le seul moyen d’obtenir un certificat de santé est d’aller chez le vétérinaire. Seulement, il y a un problème : Frisson préfère rester à bonne distance de cet endroit où se trouvent tortues serpentines et chatons aux griffes acérées. Cet écureuil craintif arrivera-t-il à surmonter ses peurs, ou cette visite est-elle vouée à la catastrophe?

Dans un nouveau chef-d’oeuvre retentissant de Mélanie Watt, gagnante de nombreux prix, Frisson est de retour pour aider les enfants à affronter la peur d’aller chez le médecin!


Frisson l'écureuil knows the importance of keeping his health in check. But the only way to get a health certificate that proves it is by going to the vet. There's only one problem: Frisson prefers to keep a healthy distance from the place where snapping turtles and sharp-clawed kittens can be found. Will this skittish squirrel be able to overcome his fears, or is this visit an accident waiting to happen?

In another laugh-out-loud masterpiece from award-winning Mélanie Watt,

Frisson is back to help children face the all-too-common fear of going to

the doctor!


Original title : Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor

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.


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Editorial Reviews

« On retrouve avec grand plaisir l’humour si caractéristique de Mme Watt, tant des le texte que dans les illustrations… » ~ Lurelu

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