Thursday, January 20, 2022

"Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise" - a bookwrap



Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise

By Mélanie Watt


* Reading Age:  6-9

* Grade Level:  1-4

* Hardcover:  84 pages

* Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers

* Pub. Date:  May 3, 2022

* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

Scardey Squirrel is once again full of anxiety and fear in this second book in the new graphic novel series by Mélanie Watt.  He makes it clear that he is not a fan of surprises but rather likes to be in control of what's happening at all times.  

He discovers a huge mysterious crate outside his tree home and he cautiously needs to seek out its content. He finds out that it's a pool and once again Scaredy's imagination takes over as he envisions perhaps it may contain sharks, eels, and algae!  Oh my!  

His friends Ivy, Timber, and Rash finally convince Scaredy that all his fretting and inward turmoil can be counter-productive.  They encourage him to let those feelings go, relax, and just have some good old-fashion fun with his friends!  Will Scaredy take their advice and allow himself to enjoy all the benefits and happy adventures that the new pool is able to provide for himself and everyone else?  

The author does a stunning job of creating detailed illustrations and penning playful humour scenarios throughout the book.  The comic book/ graphic novel format will be a hit with kids and the characters involved are adorable. Scaredy learns a very valuable life lesson... that it's okay to step out and try something new.  I love the book and recommend it for classrooms and elementary school libraries.  Both young and old will be delighted with the book and I am looking forward to book #3 in this series. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/the Illustrator

Author and illustrator Melanie Watt is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, Bug in a Vacuum, You're Finally Here!, Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. Melanie's books have received numerous starred reviews from journals including Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have won many state awards, including the Virginia Readers' Choice Award, North Carolina's Children's Book Award and Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award. The Scaredy Squirrel animated television series airs on the Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada.

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