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Mélanie Watt

Author of Scaredy Squirrel

36+ Works 8,703 Members 528 Reviews 7 Favorited

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Works by Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel (2006) 2,516 copies
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (2007) 1,094 copies
Chester (2007) 963 copies
Scaredy Squirrel at Night (2009) 909 copies
Chester's Back! (2008) 329 copies
Chester's Masterpiece (2010) 284 copies
You're Finally Here! (2011) 272 copies
Have I Got a Book for You! (2009) 176 copies
Augustine (2006) 168 copies
Bug in a Vacuum (2015) 136 copies
Leon the Chameleon (2001) 122 copies

Associated Works

Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? (2002) — Illustrator — 22 copies
Bearcub and Mama (2005) — Illustrator — 18 copies
Animal Tales: Favorite Stories from Chirp Magazine (2007) — Author & Illustrator — 6 copies


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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A very clever book that references the stages of grief as experienced through a fly stuck in a vacuum. My kiddos loved following the trail of the fly with their finger across the pages, and I enjoyed the clever descriptions of denial, anger, acceptance, etc what was illustrated in both the story and clever illustrations. I enjoyed this book and I think the kids at my school will enjoy it too. I received an advanced reader copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.… (more)
GSCKids | 31 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
It's cute! Fun book for kids, even older kids
emilytjames | 31 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A bug, going through the 5 stages of grieving after being sucked up by a vacuum. This story is a stand out for understanding the grieving process through something as simple as a bug. Each stage is cleverly presented, then we see the process the bug goes through while experiencing it. My roommate works for the state as a coach for child care providers, I shared it with her - she loved it and immediately wrote down the info of the book to recommend it as opportunity arises.
5tigger | 31 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Thank you to Tundra Books for an Advance Reader Copy , and LibraryThing for the chance to review it. "Bug in a Vacuum" by Melanie Watt is a beautifully illustrated and an emotional picture book that navigates the complex feelings of loss and acceptance in a sensitive and relatable way. The story follows a bug who finds itself trapped in a vacuum cleaner after flying into a home, and as it explores its new environment, it reflects on the stages of grief and the process of moving on.

Watt's writing is accessible, capturing the bug's journey through denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, and finally, acceptance. The bug's experiences mirror those of readers who may have faced loss in their own lives, making the book a valuable tool for starting conversations about grief and coping mechanisms with children. This book would have been a valuable book when my kids were younger, and our beloved cat had to be put to sleep.

The illustrations in "Bug in a Vacuum" are vibrant and expressive, perfectly complementing the text and enhancing the emotional depth of the story. The use of color and detail helps to convey the bug's changing emotions and environments it encounters within the vacuum cleaner.

Overall, "Bug in a Vacuum" is a touching and thought-provoking book that offers a gentle exploration of loss and resilience. It is a valuable addition to any library, providing comfort and understanding for readers of all ages.
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Zaps | 31 other reviews | May 4, 2024 |



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