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SCAREDY SQUIRREL AT NIGHT by Mélanie Watt

SCAREDY SQUIRREL AT NIGHT

By Mélanie Watt (Author) , Mélanie Watt (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-288-9
Publisher: Kids Can

A great, big glow-in-the-dark grin greets readers on the cover of this latest visit with North America’s favorite shrinking violet. “Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. He’d rather stay awake than risk having a bad dream in the middle of the night.” All sorts of ghastly intruders could visit: ghosts, fairies (menacingly buck-toothed), polka-dot monsters (a great V of a frown poised over its one eye)—you name it. In accordance with the now-familiar formula, Scaredy develops a series of bizarre strategies to fend off sleep (scrapbooking “keeps you well-organized and productive”), assembles an emergency kit and devises a “Bad Dream Action Plan” that includes using molasses to slow down vicious unicorns. The panels and diagrams will be familiar to any of Scaredy’s fans (Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, 2008, etc.), as will the timorous squirrel’s eventual “solution.” Familiarity doesn’t breed contempt, though, as Watt has honed in on a nearly universal childhood fear; kids afraid of the nighttime will recognize themselves, and the sweet silliness with which Scaredy approaches his fear will make them laugh even as it eases them to nightmare-free slumber. (Picture book. 4-8)