We read Scaredy Squirrel (CAN, JP, US), written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt and published by Kids Can Press (2008).
Scaredy is a squirrel who loves to play the "what if?" game. Scaredy thinks of scary things whatever the situation and therefore sticks in his tree and never ventures out into the world. Until one day when he is forced out! But with the help of an emergency kit and playing dead he is able to confront his fears about the world and change up his day to include exploration of the wider world. This is one of those books that parents of Free Range Kids love, I'm sure.
Scaredy and his giant smile are adorable. It's no wonder then that he is the star of his own cartoon tv show, or that he has his own iOS app.
I've never seen the tv show, but we have the Scaredy SOS iPhone app and it is a hit with the kids.
In the world of Canadian kids publishing, Scaredy Squirrel, Caillou, and Franklin the Turtle are all big names, and all a bit wimpy. I wonder if there is a reason for this or just coincidence!
This is the 22nd book I read for the 5th Canadian Book Challenge.