Melanie Watt has just penned Scaredy Squirrel At The Beach (Kids Can Press), her latest book in a series about a cautious, OCD squirrel whos afraid of everything.
Lately, Watt has been getting feedback from her young fans about where Scaredy should visit and what he should fear next.
Watt says a lot of kids want Scaredy to go to school because there are plenty of things to be afraid of in the halls.
She explains, Kids tell me Scaredy should be afraid of the gluestick because it can stick to his fur. They think he should wear a rubber outfit so he doesnt get hurt, and have a dog for a bodyguard. Scaredy should also be scared of the Big Flush in the school bathroom. I think the fears kids suggest for Scaredy are reflective of their own little fears.
And although Scaredy hasnt ventured to school in Watts books yet, hes still made his squirrely mark in the classroom.
Watt has gotten pictures of kids playing dead, with a Scaredy book in hand during classroom reading time the signature move of the anxious, bushy-tailed rodent when he gets scared.
Scaredy Squirrel At The Beach hits shelves in April.
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