Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

I’d like to introduce you to Scaredy Squirrel:

He’s a totally neurotic squirrel about whom Melanie Watt has written an hilarious children’s book.

In many ways, Scaredy Squirrel reminds me of myself:

  • He likes things to be predictable.
  • He likes a particular schedule.
  • He’s afraid of the unknown.
  • He stays in his tree so that he will be safe from dangers such as poison ivy, killer bees, germs, and sharks. Because we all know how likely it is to be attacked by sharks if you’re a squirrel.
  • He develops an emergency plan in case he comes across such an unexpected danger.

However, his emergency plan is completely useless when it is accidentally knocked out of the tree and Scaredy Squirrel must rely on his own, inherent and unexpected gift, to rescue him.

What a delightful book, for your library collection or small child of whom you’re extremely fond. There are even sequels such as Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend and Scaredy Squirrel Goes To The Beach.

Reading them was the best part of the Hottest Day of the Year, literally, in my classroom today.


I wonder if Melanie could write a new book. Scaredy Squirrel Sweats His Nuts Off.

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10 thoughts on “Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt”

  1. Hehehe! So, how hot was it?? We topped off at something like 66 today. It was actually cool this evening when we walked Miss Annie Dog. I'm not ready for summer to end!

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  2. Don't even get me started on The Nightly Walk.Okay, I'll tell you.Husband says to me, "Let's take a walk. It's really cooled down."I stepped outside, all hopeful, and about suffocated in the humidity. Not to be daunted, or called a poor wife, I went with him. Idiot that I am. Now I'm taking THREE showers a day: before school. After school. After the nightly walk.It was 98 degrees when I got into my Passat at 5:00. Inside my classroom? With thirty bodies including one pre-menopausal? It was about 198. Thanks for asking. 😉

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  3. Oh, I would have had a stgroke or something like that if I had been that hot. I remember walking to my classroom in Haiti to start the day at 7:30 in the morning, and the humidity would be so high already. I don't perspire much, but the sweat would be rolling down my face.I feel for you, yes I do. I love CTG's comment about the title of the new book.

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  4. Ha ha! I love that last line–too funny. It sounds like a really fun book–I'll have to remember this one for friends' children's birthdays (or maybe for my "one day" collection). 🙂

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  5. Oh, Beverly, Haiti must have had temperatures that were simply fierce! You've certainly taught in more challenging environments than I. (CTG's pretty funny; I had several comments floating through my head, but I thought it the better part of discretion to leave them there. Not being a true nut expert myself. ;)Terri b, those are the covers of the book. Didn't the illustrator make the squirrel truly look scared?Trish, it is just a riot. And, I loved the surprise ending in the first book. If you want to know what it is, email me.

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  6. I hadn't heard of these books, but I must pick them up for my classroom!! Thanks! I hope it has cooled down to more reasonable temperatures for teaching and learning, neither of which happens in that kind of heat with that kind of humidity!!

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