Scaredy Squirrel at Night – Children’s Book Review

This story is about how our imagination can go wild with fear of the night, and the logical resolutions for a happy ending. A story that is not about pumpkins or ghosts but will prepare us with courage for Halloween Night. One of the coolest things about this book is that toothy smile of Scaredy Squirrel on the front cover, it GLOWS in the dark. 🙂

Watt has loaded the pages with images in; charts, lists and easy to read diagrams. Images and words are both important as this is a practical book for early readers, but the humour in informative boxes and bubbles off to the side work like the subconscious.

I was so pleased to see this chart of benefits of a good night sleep, maybe because I needed the reminder myself.  The symbols that represent the words are so charming and positive that a larger chart should be made available for bedrooms.

Halloween is a fun season to use your imagination and creativity, but if you fear the unexpected and the dark evenings, Scaredy Squirrel will help you conquer the night.

Melanie Watt (illustrator and story teller) has a series of Scaredy Squirrel stories that are a must have for any children’s library.

Scaredy Squirrel has a tv show.

Teachers will love this book for preschoolers; lesson ideas are available and the familiar items in the story such as a flashlight are great props for reenacting Scaredy Squirrel.


About artist and illustrator

For the last 20 years I worked as a creative picture framer, and supported the visual art industry. I am now a full-time artist and create all day in my studio. I accept commissions for pet portraits, which I customize with linocut carvings, I also work in textile, bird sculptures are my specialty and just one more BIG project I work on daily is my illustrations, Gurple the Purple Dragon being the most active project, My skills as a picture framer will never leave me, I have future projects that incorporate shadowbox frames and my sculpted birds.
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