Scaredy Squirrel at Night

Mélanie Watt
Mélanie Watt

Scaredy never sleeps --- sleep might mean bad dreams about dragons, ghosts, vampire bats and polka-dot monsters. Our wide-eyed hero has a plan: stay awake all night, every night. Between counting stars, playing cymbals and making scrapbooks, he does a good job of avoiding dreamland.

With exhaustion taking its toll, Scaredy comes face-to-face with an alarming horoscope prediction: All his dreams are about to come true!

He must prepare for the worst and his Bad Dream Action Plan includes a fire extinguisher to snuff out dragons and a fan to blast away ghosts. But when disaster strikes, will Scaredy survive this ordeal? Will he thank his lucky stars? Will he find sweet dreams?

Scaredy Squirrel at Night tackles a fear everyone --- and especially the young --- can relate to. It's a bedtime story to make light of kids' fear of the dark and a fable for our sleep-deprived society.

978-1-55453-288-9 | Mar 1, 2009
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $16.99
4-color 8 x 8 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-55453-705-1 | Aug 1, 2012
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $8.99
4-color 8 x 8 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-55453-990-1 | Jun 6, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Awards & Reviews

“Scaredy, with his oversized head and wide set of pearly whites, continues to radiate personality.”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2009
“... the sweet silliness with which Scaredy approaches his fear will make them laugh even as it eases them to nightmare-free slumber.”
— Kirkus Reviews, March 2009
“... kids will be amused by the lively, busy compositions packed with silly details ...”
— Booklist, February 2009
“Watt varies the narrative by devoting entire pages to Scaredy's “to do” list ... the effect works --- and the book is more interactive for it. Older readers will also appreciate Watt's humorous attention to detail ...”
— Quill & Quire, March 2009
“Children will be delighted as Scaredy Squirrel attempts to face his fear of falling asleep because of bad dreams, and they'll laugh at his absurd lists and action plans.”
— School Library Journal, August 2009
2010 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Winner
2010 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2010 - Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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