Review: Scaredy Squirrel and Night by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel is scared to go to sleep at night. He has all sorts of tricks to keep himself awake so that he doesn’t have to face his night-time fears. But his sleeplessness is having a toll on his health. Can he find a solution to his problem?

Because of the cute, cartoon-like squirrel on the front of this book (and his glow in the dark teeth!) I tried, initially, to read it out loud with my four year old daughter. It really didn’t work. A lot of the story is made up of lists – lists of things that Scaredy Squirrel is scared of, lists of what he does to stay awake, lists of the effects of sleeplessness. This means the book doesn’t flow very well since it doesn’t really have a linear storyline, and I instantly crossed it off my ‘books to read aloud at playgroup’ list as the kids would never follow it. The humour is on a higher level than I think most pre-schoolers can understand, or at least, with my questioning little one it seemed to involve far too much explanation in order for it to make sense to her. I think having to explain some words or ideas in a story is definitely a good thing, but if the crux of the story is lost amongst the explanations then something is going wrong.

Read the rest of my review for The Bookbag.


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