SNATCH A STORY
Close your eyes and listen to the “what’s-that-under-the-bed” opening to Scaredy Squirrel At Night:
THE WICKED READ
By Melanie Watt
Published by Kids Can Press, Limited ISBN-13: 9781554537051
Audiobook Published by Weston Woods Studios Narrated by David de Vries Music by Scotty Huff
Age Range: 4 – 8 Years
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.
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THE CREEPY CREATOR
It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Mélanie’s best known book, Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting. Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.