Author Showcase : Melanie Watt

Nothing makes you feel like a horrible parent faster than that little voice in your head saying ”  I am so sick of that book, maybe he’ll want to watch TV instead”.  Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks that sometimes. Some books are just bad and for whatever reason kids find the worst in the bunch and fixate on them. To avoid that mishap read great books, like these from author/illustrator Melanie Watt that will make you and your kids giggle.

Have I Got a Book for You! is really tongue and cheek! It’s like an infomercial but on paper, complete with a salesman wearing plaid pants. After I skimmed through it I wondered if my 4 year old would get it, since it’s humor while appropriate for young kids might be over their heads. He thought it was hilarious and the little twist at the end was a huge hit too. I don’t want to give it away so I can’ say more but trust me this is a fun and silly read aloud to enjoy.

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach is so funny. I love books like this that have absurd humor thrown in. Before you even read the story on the inside flap you will notice a blurb that ends with “This story is not suitable for pirates” it just makes me giggle! The story follows the most anxious squirrel you’ll ever encounter as he tries to make his own beach, only to end up at a busy one! What I love about this book are the details, the small asides will have you laughing and the main story will keep even young ones totally entertained. My son loved it especially the part about the pool being the ocean and the flashlight being the sun, even at two he was trying to tell the squirrel how wrong that was. Super fun and a great message about overcoming fears as well.

Scaredy Squirrel at Night I love Scaredy Squirrel. His crazy anxiety, tendency to play dead and hilarious facial expressions never fail to make me laugh out loud while reading.  I love this installment because it talks about something very topical in many preschooler’s life – nighttime anxiety. I was expecting a funny book but it was also really touching and useful in regards to conquering fears. I must say for any new parent the bits about sleep deprivation will hit home, trust me.

scaredy squirrel makes a friend

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is hilarious! I laughed  from start to finish, my son who was 18 months old didn’t get the humor at all but laughed at me laughing! Older preschoolers will get most of the humor though and like my son, will love the pictures ! Here is my favorite line : in very small print on the inside cover it reads ” * Caution: this story not suitable for walruses. ” Oh how I laughed ! The dry humor aside, the book follows an anxious squirrel looking for a friend , but one that is safe and won’t bite! Of course the message is about taking risks and kids will get it! I love this book!

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  1. Janet D says

    You can’t talk about Melanie Watt without talking about CHESTER! 🙂 We got the first book out of the library one time and now we own all three! That is the funniest cat I have ever met. I will never get tired of reading the Chester books!

  2. says

    The original Scaredy Squirrel is my favorite! You really need to check out her Chester books too! He is a very fat cat who argues with Melanie, edits her books, writes his own dialogue, and is hilarious. Augustine is sweet, but I prefer the funny books.

  3. says

    I try to preview the books we get from the library. Give them a quick read before I sit down for story time, but once in a while I skip that part. The other day I read a birthday book that had a message I DID NOT like. We ended up having a follow up question session on how the characters could have handled it differently. . .can’t wait to read through your book review. I want to avoid doing that again anytime soon!

  4. Deb says

    Oooooo! Sounds great! I am excited for the squirrel series too!as a speech therapist I work on s cluster (sc sk. Etc). All the time
    Thanks for my favorite resource ! I get ideas
    From u constantly!


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