Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
First day of school was always nerve-wracking. I would worry. A lot. I would spend sleepless nights coming up with different scenarios of how things could go wrong and not making friends was at the top of my list. What if I had nobody to eat lunch with? What if I was the odd one out during partner assignments? What if I became a social outcast? The more I thought about it, the more it made me want to lose my lunch (dinner and breakfast). Keep reading…
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a worrywart by nature and a squirrel that is afraid to leave his tree for fear of the dangers around him. Living a life in fear can be lonely and Scaredy Squirrel has no friends. Everyone is potentially dangerous (a squirrel can get bitten). When loneliness starts to out-weigh his fears, Scaredy Squirrel decides a goldfish would make a perfect friend, “Doesn’t do much, BUT is 100% safe!”
Follow Scaredy as he takes the tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt. Raised in a family of “non risk-takers”, the series of Scaredy Squirrel books are based on Watt’s childhood memories. Watt discovered that these books helped her work out her own fears and insecurities.
Filled with humor, this book is written and illustrated like an owner’s manual for worrywarts, with step-by-step instructions on how to make a friend. The illustrations are simple and straightforward. Young readers will be drawn to the vibrant colours, bold shapes and a style of drawing that is similar to theirs. And if they are in kindergarten, they might find Scaredy Squirrel’s tips on what to do when you come face to face with a potential biter useful (I had a couple of biters in my class).
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Mélanie Watt
A Canadian talent, Mélanie Watt was born on August 20th, 1975 in Quebec. Her first book Leon the Chameleon was originally a graphic design assignment done for school. At that time, she was pursuing a career in advertising at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Prompted by her professor, Watt submitted her book to Kids Can Press, which launched her career as an author and illustrator.
To find out more about Mélanie Watt, please visit her website: www.melaniewatt.com
Publisher Kids Can Press (March 1, 2007)