There is nothing more enjoyable than making someone laugh, especially if they have one of those infectious laughs or if they are the tough-nut-to-crack type. The best books, especially pictures books, are those that make me laugh and Mélanie Watt seems to have a gift for laughter. She not only hits me right in the funny bone, she turns my funny bone into a pulp. I adore her Scaredy Squirrel series. The illustrations are perfect for her comical and ridiculous character. You see Scaredy Squirrel is scared. But not just any scared, ridiculously scared. “A few things Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of: tarantulas, poison ivy, green Martians, killer bees, germs, and sharks.” In all four books, Scaredy Squirrel explains what he is scared of and his action plan if he encounters any “scary” things. His action plans are always quite ridiculous, but surprisingly well thought out.
By the end of the books Scaredy Squirrel always realizes that perhaps, maybe he was being a little bit silly and that there is really nothing to be afraid of after all. The best part about the books is the interactive storytelling. Mélanie Watt invites readers to think about Scaredy’s reasons for being afraid and discuss what makes being afraid of green Martians silly. Also, she leaves all kinds of hilarious phrases or moments hidden throughout the book for parents and adults to enjoy.
Check out all these books by Mélanie Watt:
Scaredy Squirrel, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, Scaredy Squirrel at Night, Chester, Chester’s Back, Augustine
Age Group: 4+ (Kids need a bit longer attention span for Scaredy Squirrel books)
Genre: Illustrated Picture Book
Themes: Humor, Bad Dreams, Fear, Friendship
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Reading Level: 3.6