Scaredy Squirrel at Night

Scaredy Squirrel at Night

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by Mélanie Watt
     
 

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In Scaredy Squirrel at Night, the world’s most lovable worrywart learns to appreciate a good night’s sleep only after confronting his bad dreams — and some hungry intruders.  See more details below

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In Scaredy Squirrel at Night, the world’s most lovable worrywart learns to appreciate a good night’s sleep only after confronting his bad dreams — and some hungry intruders.

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Publishers Weekly

Confronting his phobias one step at a time, Scaredy Squirrel, in his fourth adventure, "never sleeps" because he is so worried that he might have bad dreams about any number of creatures, which include dragons, fairies, ghosts, unicorns, vampire bats and "polka-dot monsters." Suffering from sleep deprivation, Scaredy decides it's time to confront his fears. Though armed with an arsenal of supplies, among them "cupcakes" and "safety cones," his "Bad Dream Action Plan" has unexpected results. Scaredy, with his oversized head and wide set of pearly whites, continues to radiate personality. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps because he is afraid of ghosts, unicorns, vampire bats, and polka-dot monsters. He tries everything from scrap-booking to counting stars to occupy the long nighttime hours. Then he reads his horoscope and learns that, at midnight, all of his dreams will come true. This silly squirrel prepares to trap the monsters with molasses, cupcakes, and banana peels while he hides behind a spotlight, but he only attracts hungry animals. The only course of action left is to play dead, which Scaredy Squirrel attempts, only to finally fall asleep. After a good night's sleep, Scaredy is rested and alert. He plans to give up horoscopes and rely on fortune cookies instead. The clever and busy illustrations will delight youngsters as they follow along with Scaredy's humorous attempts to overcome his fears. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Children will be delighted as Scaredy Squirrel attempts to face his fear of falling asleep because of bad dreams, and they'll laugh at his absurd lists and action plans. Although the ending is predictable, youngsters will sigh with relief as he finally nods off. The layout includes multiple images as he makes lists and carries out his plans to stay awake all night. The cartoon illustrations, rendered digitally in Photoshop, capture the action and are filled with humorous details. This could be a useful title for guiding children in developing lists and action plans. It would be interesting to see how they would ward off bad dreams.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A great, big glow-in-the-dark grin greets readers on the cover of this latest visit with North America's favorite shrinking violet. "Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. He'd rather stay awake than risk having a bad dream in the middle of the night." All sorts of ghastly intruders could visit: ghosts, fairies (menacingly buck-toothed), polka-dot monsters (a great V of a frown poised over its one eye)-you name it. In accordance with the now-familiar formula, Scaredy develops a series of bizarre strategies to fend off sleep (scrapbooking "keeps you well-organized and productive"), assembles an emergency kit and devises a "Bad Dream Action Plan" that includes using molasses to slow down vicious unicorns. The panels and diagrams will be familiar to any of Scaredy's fans (Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, 2008, etc.), as will the timorous squirrel's eventual "solution." Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, though, as Watt has honed in on a nearly universal childhood fear; kids afraid of the nighttime will recognize themselves, and the sweet silliness with which Scaredy approaches his fear will make them laugh even as it eases them to nightmare-free slumber. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
Scaredy, with his oversized head and wide set of pearly whites, continues to radiate personality.

... the sweet silliness with which Scaredy approaches his fear will make them laugh even as it eases them to nightmare-free slumber.

... the sweet silliness with which Scaredy approaches his fear will make them laugh even as it eases them to nightmare-free slumber.

... kids will be amused by the lively, busy compositions packed with silly details ...

... kids will be amused by the lively, busy compositions packed with silly details ...

Watt varies the narrative by devoting entire pages to Scaredy's “to do” list ... the effect works — and the book is more interactive for it. Older readers will also appreciate Watt's humorous attention to detail ...

Watt varies the narrative by devoting entire pages to Scaredy's “to do” list ... the effect works — and the book is more interactive for it. Older readers will also appreciate Watt's humorous attention to detail ...

Children will be delighted as Scaredy Squirrel attempts to face his fear of falling asleep because of bad dreams, and they'll laugh at his absurd lists and action plans.

Children will be delighted as Scaredy Squirrel attempts to face his fear of falling asleep because of bad dreams, and they'll laugh at his absurd lists and action plans.

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... kids will be amused by the lively, busy compositions packed with silly details ...
Quill & Quire
Watt varies the narrative by devoting entire pages to Scaredy’s “to do” list ... the effect works — and the book is more interactive for it. Older readers will also appreciate Watt’s humorous attention to detail ...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554539901
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
571,511
File size:
12 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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