No rodent does paranoia and compulsion better than Scaredy Squirrel, ushered back by creator Mélanie Watt in Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party to celebrate his birthday – in as quiet and orderly a fashion as possible. Party décor, location, cake recipe: all are meticulously planned, no matter that the birthday boy is the only invited guest. But then Buddy the dog mails Scaredy a card, and as “a kindly gesture deserves a kindly response,” Scaredy widens his guest list just a little more... When a gang of neighbourhood mutts shows up for the party, Scaredy’s hyperscheduling and numerous back-up plans go out the window. Will Scaredy
emerge from his self- induced coma in time to enjoy the day? Watt’s latest, rendered in her characteristic brightly coloured style, is sheer fun.
Andrea Belcham is the author of the forthcoming Food and Fellowship: Pro- jects and Recipes to Feed a Community (The Alternate Press/Life Media).