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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Category
Humorous Stories, Birthdays, Squirrels
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554537167
    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
    List Price
    $8.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554539925
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $5.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554534685
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $16.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8

Description

In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded.

Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one - but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive.

He's back! Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?

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.

 

Mélanie Watt's profile page

Awards

  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Watt's latest, rendered in her characteristic brightly coloured style, is sheer fun.

Montreal Review of Books

Scaredy Squirrel will be enjoyed by children who have gone to a birthday party or two and can appreciate the slapstick humor.

School Library Journal

Watt's wry digital illustrations make the most of the perceived mayhem, using a host of graphic conventions to tell her story. There's no question it's a formula by now, but it's still a winning one. Many happy returns, Scaredy.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

Loveable worrywart Scaredy Squirrel would prefer to celebrate his birthday alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid any pesky party animals. When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel, or will he face the music? This title is also available in French as Frisson l’écureuil fête son anniversaire.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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