I want to share Scaredy with the whole wide world!
I ♥ U, Scaredy! Don’t be afraid — it’s a wonderful world out there!
I love just about everything about Scaredy Squirrel — the books, that is. (The cartoon version of Scaredy, shown above, is another matter altogether and I’ll leave it at that … click on the last image in this post and judge for yourself.)
The books, though … ah, what delights for kids of all ages. I mean, what’s not to love about a neurotic little rodent?
(Scaredy and I share a fondness for contingency plans.)
I’m a fan of Mélanie Watt — she deserves the success she has achieved. The Scaredy Squirrel books are fabulously fun and their message — that our fears are often baseless — is couched in copious amounts of humour.
The stories are captivating, but it is Watt’s art that initially draws the reader into Scaredy Squirrel’s world. Watt is an extremely talented writer-illustrator who deservedly won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book for the first title in the series.
The little guy has gone global and now speaks 8 languages, including Japanese, Serbian, French, Korean, Spanish and Norwegian. Go Scaredy! (The Japanese title, below, is decidedly bizarre.)
Mélanie is a Kids Can Press author whose other titles include include Chester and Augustine. She lives in Montreal.
This is my fan letter to her: “Mélanie, you and Scaredy are terrifyingly terrific!”
To find out more about the amazing Ms. Watt, visit her website or Scaredy’s Facebook page, below, or Kids Can Press.
1. Scaredy Squirrel (2006)
2. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (2007)
3. Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach (2008)
4. Scaredy Squirrel at Night (2009)
5. Scaredy Squirrel has a Birthday Party (2011)
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book
OLA Blue Spruce Award 2007 & 2008
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
CBA Libris Award for Children’s Author of the Year
ALA’s Notable Children’s Books
Independent Publisher Book Awards – Picture Books 6 and under (Bronze)
Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards – Cybils
NCTE Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts
ReadBoston 2006 Best Read Aloud Book Award
ForeWord Book of the Year Award
Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
North Carolina Children’s Book Award – Picture Book
“Le Prix de la Librairie Millepage” in Vincennes, 2006 (France)
SOURCE > Scaredy’s Wikipedia page