Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: k to 4
- Reading age: 5 to 9
The bestselling author-illustrator and creator of publishing sensation Scaredy Squirrel presents a character you just can't say “no” to: salesman Mr. Al Foxword. Al can sell anything. You can't help but be impressed by his lineup of satisfied customers: he's sold an icebox to a penguin, an umbrella to a fish and a dirt vacuum to a mole. Al knows you're looking for a great book, and this is your lucky day. Say goodbye to books that leave you bored and uninspired. Research shows that 100 percent of Al's customers notice a dramatic increase in happiness after buying his book. Not totally convinced yet? Just when you think you're ready to close the book on this relentless salesman, he comes up with a clever tactic that you simply can't refuse.
The retro design and the sheer absurdity of Foxword's powers of persuasion make for an off-the-wall picture book with major crossover appeal that pokes fun at our hard-sell society.
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.
- Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
- Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
... a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising.
Quill and Quire
Driven by a particularly artful use of page turns, this makes compelling reading. Have your credit card ready.
Foxword's clever sales techniques make this book funny to the hilt.
School Library Journal
Jokes and interactive fun are the point here ... Give this to Mo Willems' legions of Pigeon fans.
Have I Got a Book for You!You can call him Al! Mr. Al Foxword is a smooth-talking, slick, persuasive salesman. He uses all of the corny tricks of the retail trade to get you to purchase this book. As you are poised to turn its last page, he brings out a clever tactic readers simply can’t refuse. This title is also available in French as J’ai tout un livre pour toi!
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.
Other titles by Melanie 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