For a couple of days now my 8 year old daughter has been rambling on excitedly about a book read during library time at school this week. “You’ve got to see it mom. It’s called Chester, and it’s soooo funny! It’s written by the same person who makes the Scaredy Squirrel books too!”
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Scaredy Squirrel is a series of cleverly written, humorous, and beautifully illustrated tales about a squirrel who is afraid of seemingly everything. My daughter was gifted a copy of Scaredy Squirrel at Night one birthday a few years back, and it has always brought laughs when we read it together.
At bedtime she recounted the story of Chester to me. Though it was a bit hard for me to picture the quirky situations that she was describing, her excitement and giggles at the memory of the story were contagious. She had clearly become a fan of this author, who’s name she’d been sure to make note of so that we could find the book again, to read together. “Mélanie Watt, mom. W-A-T-T.”
“Please let her be Canadian, please let her be Canadian.”, I thought as I typed her name into the search bar on my laptop. You know, because Canadian talent is kind of my obsession. And, as you probably determined based on the title of this post, she is!
Mélanie Watt is an author who, according to her biography on the Kids Can Press website, was born in (and still lives in) the province of Quebec. She studied illustration in school, at the University of Quebec in Montreal; and this is where her first of many children’s books, Leon the Chameleon, was created. As a French-speaking Canadian with two little girls going through the French immersion program, I am also very excited that Mélanie’s books are available in both English and French. I love to add new books to our home library, so I’m pretty excited to learn that Mélanie has written so many books. I’m off to do some shopping! Hoorah!