Scaredy Squirrel

Mélanie Watt
Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.

Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day … his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk.

But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting …

978-1-55337-959-1 | Feb 1, 2006
List Price: USD $15.95, CAD $16.95
4-color 8 x 8 40 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-55453-023-6 | Mar 1, 2008
List Price: USD $7.95, CAD $8.95
978-1-77138-407-0 | Oct 14, 2014
List Price: USD $8.99, CAD $8.99

Awards & Reviews

“Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.”
— The National Post, April 2006
“Watts conveys a difficult theme … with an energetic playfulness … (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.”
— Toronto Star, July 2006
“Youngsters will go nuts over this one.”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2006
“The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors … add energy.”
— Horn Book, June 2006
“With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character.”
— School Library Journal, June 2006
“Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel's attempts to control his life.”
— Quill & Quire, May 2006
2010 - Illinois Monarch Award, Illinois School Library Media Association, Winner
2009 - Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner
2008 - North Carolina Children's Book Award, Winner
2008 - Libris Award – Children's Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner
2008 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Winner
2008 - Libris Award – Children's Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner
2008 - Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media, Winner
2008 - Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media, Short-listed
2007 - Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Winner
2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2007 - Best Read Aloud Book Award, Read Boston, Short-listed
2007 - Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze Medal, Winner
2007 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Winner
2007 - Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2007 - Notable Children's Books in Language Arts, NCTE, Winner
2007 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Winner
2007 - Notable Children's Books, ALA, Winner
2006 - Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed
2006 - Best Read Aloud Book Award, ReadBoston, Runner-up
2006 - Cybils - Children's and YA Bloggers' Literacy Awards, Winner
2006 - Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France), Winner
2005 - Summer Pick, Children's Book Sense, Commended

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