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Scaredy Squirrel

illustrated by Melanie Watt

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published: March 2008
ISBN:9781554530236
publisher: Kids Can Press
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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 ...

Contributor Notes

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Awards
  • Winner, Illinois Monarch Award, Illinois School Library Media Association
  • Winner, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
  • Winner, Libris Award - Children's Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association
  • Winner, North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Libris Award - Children's Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association
  • Short-listed, Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media
  • Winner, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner, Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Short-listed, Best Read Aloud Book Award, Read Boston
  • Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards - Bronze Medal
  • Winner, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council
  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Notable Children's Books, ALA
  • Winner, Notable Children's Books in Language Arts, NCTE
  • Winner, Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France)
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine
  • Winner, Cybils - Children's and YA Bloggers' Literacy Awards
  • Runner-up, Best Read Aloud Book Award, ReadBoston
  • Commended, Summer Pick, Children's Book Sense
Editorial Reviews

The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors ... add energy.—Horn Book


Youngsters will go nuts over this one.—Publishers Weekly


Watts conveys a difficult theme ... with an energetic playfulness ... (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.—Toronto Star


Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.—The National Post


With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character.—School Library Journal


Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel's attempts to control his life.—Quill & Quire

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Scaredy Squirrel

Mélanie Watt originally planned to become a veterinarian. Instead, she brings her fascination with animals to her colourful children’s books. The delightful Scaredy Squirrel introduces us to an endearing worrywart who has settled into a (fairly) comfortable routine in his familiar oak tree. The unknown world outside his tree is rife with threats, both real and imagined – everything from bees to sharks. But Scaredy is nothing if not prepared. His life unfolds in careful itemized lists throughout the book: the pros and cons of staying in the tree, his daily routine, his lists of dangers, the lists of remedies in his always-ready emergency kit.

Yet despite his best preparations, events overtake him in an unexpected and utterly glorious way. Does his leap into the unknown provide life-altering changes? Well, sort of. After all, Watt has to remain true to her obsessive little character and she celebrates even the small epiphanies and victories. Watt’s artwork is acrylic with her characteristic strong outlines in charcoal pencil. Here, unlike her previous work, the hard-edged lines are bordered with white, giving the shapes a more delicate, more 3-D, almost collage quality. The font, called ‘potato cut,’ has a hand-crafted quality that complements Watt’s illustrations. Watt makes brilliant use of split screen grids, slide-like frames and a surprise fold-out. Because graphics accompany all the words, even in the lists, the books will appeal to pre-readers and assist in word association.

The humour and irony work on many different levels. Parents and teachers will find the tale rich in jumping-off points for activities and talking about planning, decisionmaking, matching (threats and remedies), sifting (probable from farfetched), even telling time.

According to the jacket copy, Mélanie Watt follows a strict routine and never leaves her home. Like Scaredy, she is afraid of sharks.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2006. Vol.29 No. 3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree – it’s too dangerous out there. But one day, the endearing, neurotic worrywart leaps into the unknown, and discovers something uplifting...

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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