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Summer 2022 OMNI

Scaredy Squirrel In a Nutshell
By (author): Melanie Watt
Melanie Watt


Tundra Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Children: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (US) 1 - 4
May 03, 2022
$11.99 CAD


8.5in x 6.75 x 0.29 in | 0.48 lb

Page Count:

68 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Animals
The time is now for this anxious little guy: Scaredy Squirrel is back with a brand-new graphic novel series! He’s funnier (and scared-ier) than ever, and perfect for readers of Narwhal and Jelly. Now in paperback!

Scaredy is happy to stay in his nut tree. Why would he ever leave? The outside is filled with dangers. Like aliens! And dust! And a certain fluffy bunny who likes to pop up! But things don’t always go as planned, even for a super-prepared squirrel. When he has to venture out of his tree and onto the ground, Scaredy panics and plays dead…but maybe the fluffy bunny’s not so scary after all?

In a nutshell, Scaredy might just make a new friend, if he is brave enough…

Series Overview: Nutty worrywart Scaredy Squirrel continues his quest to be on the constant lookout for danger from Gary the Germ and other threats (aliens, anchovies, woolly mammoths, dust bunnies) in this hilarious series that features longer format, comic stories.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND SERIES: More than 4.1 million Melanie Watt books have been sold worldwide, 3.1 million of which are Scaredy Squirrel books, in 13 different countries outside of Canada and the US.

NEW (TREE) HOUSE: We are proud to be Scaredy’s new publishing home alongside Random House Children’s Books in the US.

NEW STORIES, NEW FORMAT!: Scaredy’s new adventures are better than ever, told in graphic form with more involved narratives and a wider cast of characters.

HUGE FAN BASE: The Scaredy Squirrel animated television series airs on the Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada, and the first Scaredy Squirrel was a Heather’s Pick and winner of multiple state- and pronvince-sponsored awards.

TIMELY CONTENT: Scaredy is the original social distancing, contactless delivery pro.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Scaredy’s problem-solving will help kids with social-emotional development, and the books are a great introduction to neurodiversity.

BUILDING A BRAND: Multi-book commitment: 3 graphic novels to follow (book 2 in spring 22, book 3 in spring 23 and book 4 in summer 23) alongside picture books — a reissue of the last book in the series and new ones (Scaredy Visits the Doctor in fall 22)!

CROSSOVER APPEAL: With his neurotic and silly humor, Scaredy has as many adult fans as he has young fans.

ADORABLE, GRAPHIC ART: Scaredy and Ivy are every bit as cute and hilarious as Narwhal and Jelly — and Scaredy’s lists, charts and maps make this book a graphic standout.

Author and illustrator MELANIE WATT is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, Bug in a Vacuum, You’re Finally Here!, Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. Melanie’s books have received numerous starred reviews from journals including Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have won many state awards, including the Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, North Carolina’s Children’s Book Award and Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Award. She is a multiple winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. The Scaredy Squirrel animated television series airs on the Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada.

Author Residence: Montreal, Quebec

Author Website: http://melaniewatt.blogspot.com

Author Social Media: @melaniewatt1 (Instagram)

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021

“No familiarity with the series is required to quickly get a grasp of this quirky, querulous, and ultimately rather adorable character…. In a nutshell: short and sweet.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Librarians, teachers and parents take note: this is a series to collect. Highly Recommended.” —CM Magazine

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