Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party, by Mélanie Watt 8.0

I discovered Scaredy Squirrel in 2010, after being told that I was very much like the loveable, but highly-neurotic, rodent. Obviously, I was curious to know what the connection was, and took out a bunch of Watt’s books from the library.

I was delighted by what I found! happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

Scaredy Squirrel isn’t too far removed from Woody Allen’s more neurotic personages, the ones that have extremely challenging social and behavioral inadequacies! I adore Woody Allen, so you can imagine the appeal! happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy

What I find most interesting is how these books are geared towards children. Neuroses are hardly concepts that children would grasp easily – but they’re human foibles, and I suspect that kids recognize them in the world around them. So, poking fun at them slightly and showing children that they’re surmountable is not such a bad lesson learned. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy

And it’s all wrapped-up in a nice package: the artwork is excellent. In fact, I’d call this eye-candy: the characters are cute, the designs are clean, the lay-outs are sparse and fun, the colours are vibrant yet simple. love0010 Free Emoticons   Love This is the case for all the Mélanie Watt books I’ve read so far.

‘Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party’ was given to me by the same friend who introduced me to these books. Perhaps it’s because it was a birthday gift and, thus, it was timely and I could relate to it more closely, but it’s one of my favorites.

Heck, it even gave me a couple of ideas for my next birthday party! winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking

It’s a quick read, though, but it’s oodles of good times and chuckles. I’d recommend it to many families (it might make for a fun bedtime story!). And to the young at heart – to those who can still connect with the children they once were. happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy

While I still wonder just how complimentary the comparison with Scaredy Squirrel truly is, I’m hardly insulted: I fully enjoy his amusing personal crises, and I look forward to his next ones. In the meantime, I’ll revisit his previous ones. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

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