Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Author: Mélanie Watt
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Kids Can Press/2007
ISBN: 1554531810
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

Scaredy Squirrel doesn’t have a friend.
He’d rather be alone than risk encountering
someone dangerous. A squirrel could get bitten.
Scaredy Squirrel is destined to remain in his tree, friendless. That is, until he spots a potential pal that appears perfectly safe—a goldfish swimming in a fountain nearby. According to Scaredy, goldfish don’t do much, but are 100% safe. They have a bubbly personality, are quiet, squeaky clean, germ-free, and most important of all, toothless.

Scaredy makes the perfect plan (complete with map) for meeting the goldfish. Unfortunately, things quickly go awry when a dog shows up just as Scaredy gets to the bottom of his tree. Scaredy runs from the dog, until, finally, he gives up and plays dead. Two hours later the dog is still there. "After all this time, Scaredy Squirrel realizes that the dog doesn’t want to bite him . . . He just wants a friend!"

This is perhaps the funniest picture book we have seen here at the Oasis. Every teacher who read it immediately ran out to buy one for his or her classroom. The witty text is accompanied by cartoon-like artwork that is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Classroom Uses: A superb choice for story hour as well as the shy child who is hesitant about making friends.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2007 Education Oasis

About the Author

Mélanie Watt has a degree in graphic design from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She enjoys the piano, guitar, and decorating. She lives in a small town one hour away from Montreal in St. Stanislas de Kostka.