One of the benefits of being a grown up is that you can truly appreciate the humour and joy in a perfect picture book. Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel is just such a book.
I bought this for Steve after we sat and giggled our way through it one day in Waterstones. Watt not only has a beautiful naivety to her illustrations but has a skill for causing fits of giggles in both adults and children.
Scaredy Squirrel spends all his day in his tree, looking out for danger and eating nuts. He is terrified of pretty much everything:
He has an emergency kit in his tree which should hopefully save him from any evil that could befall him. For the most part, Scaredy Squirrel’s life is a fairly mundane series of timetables, diagrams and escape plans (in case of emergency of course).
There are, of course, lots of teaching opportunities to be based on these structural elements, but I refuse to bore you with them now!
But one day, Scaredy Squirrel’s world is turned up side down (almost literally) when the absolute unthinkable happens – Scaredy falls from his tree due to a very frightening thing, without his emergency kit! But, something amazing is about to happen to him which will change his life forever! Or, at the very least it will add another activity to his daily routine.
Melanie Watt has written and illustrated several Scaredy Squirrel books including, Saredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Watt also has another wonderful series of books surrounding a rather selfish cat called Chester.
It is an absolute must that next time you visit your local book shop you have a browse of their Watt selection. However, you must be warned, spend just two minutes skimming through one of these books and you will instantly need to own the whole collection. We only have a couple at the moment but I am slowly working on it!
But, most excitingly Spring 2011 sees the introduction of the incredibly talented Melanie Watt’s newest creation.