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Scaredy Squirrel Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Watt, Melanie

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ISBN: 1554530237     ISBN-13: 9781554530236
Publisher: Kids Can Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2008
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Annotation: The first book in the Scaredy Squirrel series is a comical story of an endearing squirrel who learns what can happen when he's brave enough to take a risk.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Toy and movable books; Specimens.
Squirrels; Fiction.
Fear; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Squirrels
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008006759
Lexile Measure: 560
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Scaredy Squirrel
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.28 lbs) 42 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 103011
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38365
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ... his worst nightmare comes true Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting ...

Contributor Bio(s): Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his tree and follows the same routine every day. When a bee drifts by, however, Scaredy panics and jumps out of his tree--and learns something new about himself. Watt's child-friendly illustrations and tongue-in-cheek text have a lot of fun with Scaredy. Concluding the story on the back endpapers may be a problem for libraries. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #3)
How do you avoid tarantulas, poison ivy, Martians, killer bees, germs, and sharks? If you're Scaredy Squirrel, you stay put in your oak tree and keep an emergency kit close at hand. Day in and day out, Scaredy follows the same routine -- "wake up / eat a nut / look at view / eat a nut / look at view" -- never, ever setting a paw on the ground. Sure, there are drawbacks -- "same old view / same old nuts / same old place" -- but at least "everything is predictable. All is under control." Watt's casual, child-friendly illustrations and tongue-in-cheek text have a lot of fun with Scaredy and his story. The bold, inviting compositions feature simple shapes, black crayonlike outlines, and paint-box colors; varied layouts and perspectives add energy. (One design quibble: the decision to conclude the story on the back endpapers may be a problem for libraries.) When a smiling, roly-poly bee (more bumble- than "killer") drifts by, Scaredy panics and knocks his emergency kit out of the tree: "NOT part of the Plan." He jumps to try to catch it and -- lo and behold -- discovers he's "no ordinary squirrel. He's a FLYING squirrel!" As Scaredy Squirrel would tell you: if you take a flying leap into the unknown once in a while, you may learn something new about yourself. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 March #2)

It's an indication of how well Watt (Leon the Chameleon ) knows her helicopter-parented audience that she's able to turn the phrase "antibacterial soap" into a bona fide punchline. Fearing attack by Martians, sharks, poison ivy, killer bees, tarantulas and/or germs, Scaredy Squirrel decides "he'd rather stay in his safe and familiar tree than risk venturing out into the unknown." But just in case something goes awry, this most anxious rodent also has an extensive emergency kit that includes sardines (to distract the sharks), the aforementioned antibacterial soap and a parachute. Then one day, Scaredy's unvarying and admittedly boring routine is thrown for a loop (it's the emergency kit's fault), and he discovers he's a flying squirrel--an epiphany so momentous that it garners the book's only gatefold spread. Will Scaredy's life be changed forever now that new vistas have opened up to him? Well, sort of. Watt largely dispenses with conventional visual storytelling; instead, she tells the hero's story through a series of boldly graphic and endearingly goofy charts and diagrams (one outlines the anxious rodent's "top secret," four-option plan for exiting the tree in case of emergency). Funny in their own right, the pages also spoof all the sincerely inane worksheets that are the staple of elementary school homework. Youngsters will go nuts over this one. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

[Page 64]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 June)
PreS-Gr 3-Scaredy Squirrel has a catalog of creatures and things that frighten him. His life in his nut tree is comfortably predictable, and he has an emergency kit and escape plan to cover every danger. One day one of his fears is realized when he encounters a "killer bee." Panicking, he drops his emergency kit out of the tree and jumps after it without his parachute. To his surprise, he learns that he is actually a flying squirrel, and he adapts his routine to include a daily "jump into the unknown." With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character. Thick-lined cartoons with bold patches of color, quirky charts and graphs, and clever asides provide humor that will appeal to children. Like other successful worrywarts before him, such as Kevin Henkes's Wemberly Worried (HarperCollins, 2000) and Rosemary Wells's Felix and the Worrier (Candlewick, 2003), Scaredy Squirrel needn't fret about finding readers to cheer him on.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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