Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
The time is now for this anxious little guy: Scaredy Squirrel is back with a brand-new graphic novel series! He's funnier (and scared-ier) than ever, and perfect for readers of Narwhal and Jelly. Now in paperback!
Scaredy is happy to stay in his nut tree. Why would he ever leave? The outside is filled with dangers. Like aliens! And dust! And a certain fluffy bunny who likes to pop up! But things don't always go as planned, even for a super-prepared squirrel. When he has to venture out of his tree and onto the ground, Scaredy panics and plays dead . . . but maybe the fluffy bunny's not so scary after all?
In a nutshell, Scaredy might just make a new friend, if he is brave enough . . .
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.
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
“No familiarity with the series is required to quickly get a grasp of this quirky, querulous, and ultimately rather adorable character. . . . In a nutshell: short and sweet.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Librarians, teachers and parents take note: this is a series to collect. Highly Recommended.” —CM Magazine
Other titles by Mélanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise
Frisson l'écureuil se prépare pour Noël
Frisson l'écureuil se prépare pour l'Halloween
Frisson l'écureuil en camping
Frisson l’écureuil en bref
Frisson l’écureuil en bref
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
La mouche dans l'aspirateur
Bug in a Vacuum
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween
A Safety Guide for Scaredies