Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

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by Mélanie Watt
     
 

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Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping ... unless it's on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart's plans prepare him for the

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Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping ... unless it's on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart's plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?

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Publishers Weekly
Why go camping when you can watch it—The Joy of Camping, that is—on television? That's the plan for Scaredy Squirrel, who recognizes that such dangers as penguins, quicksand, mosquitoes, and zippers make camping excursions way too scary. But finding a power outlet for his television requires leaving his tree house and, therefore, some careful planning. Scaredy charts out the survival supplies required for his journey across the campground (they include a "really long extension cord," popsicles, and a dictionary) and maps the path he will take, with the electrical cord demarcating his trail from "the comfort zone" to the electrical outlet. When on his quest, a fearsome penguin encounter (who'd have guessed Scaredy was right about that one?) sends him reeling off course, but Scaredy eventually discovers that the wilderness is "meant to be enjoyed up close!" As in the previous books, the small format and tidy, humorously labeled cartoons make Scaredy's world feel especially immediate and accessible. The loveably neurotic (yet highly resourceful) rodent should continue to help anxious readers see their own fears in a different light. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Scaredy Squirrel never goes camping because of his fears of some animals and other things, so he decides to sit back and enjoy camping from a distance. He wants to set up his television, but does not have an electrical outlet. He goes about solving the problem by gathering an elaborate assortment of supplies and a wilderness outfit. He prepares a list of things to do, and a chart of things to beware of such as skunks, mosquitoes, and quicksand. He lists ways to solve each of these problems. He gets in shape by preparing a warm-up routine and an obstacle course practice run. He makes a weather chart, and then proceeds toward the campground. He ventures into the campground but gets very frightened when he encounters a penguin. It turns out to be a mini golf course, and he runs in a panic through all the courses as he climbs, crashes, spins, and takes cover in a canoe. He hides for several hours and then the canoe drifts into the wilderness where he enjoys such things as the fresh air and the stars. However, he still plugs in his extension cord and goes back home where he can roast marshmallows using his toaster. This fun little story is part of the "Scaredy Squirrel" series. It's a good book to read aloud to children. They should find his silly antics entertaining, and will enjoy identifying all the objects in the cute illustrations. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Scaredy Squirrel has some major anxiety issues, this time with camping. There are all kinds of things to obsess about: skunks, mosquitoes, penguins, quicksand, the Three Bears, and of course, the dreaded zippers. He decides that it's better to stay home and watch television shows about camping. However, Scaredy needs to get his extension cord plugged in, and so must set off on a terrifying trip into the woods to find a power source for his TV set. Fully armed against every possible scenario, he still freaks out when he comes across a penguin, but ultimately manages to enjoy the wilderness up close. The intricate cartoon-style illustrations have loads of humorous details, all depicting Scaredy's many phobias. That he eventually learns to embrace his own version of camping says much for this squirrel's ability to meet his fears head on and overcome them in a creative way. Kids with anxieties should find much to relate to in Scaredy's humorous adventures.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The world's most timorous rodent returns for another nonadventure. Scaredy Squirrel has no desire to go camping--"the rugged wilderness" is just too darn scary. Why, out in the wilderness he might encounter quicksand, the Three Bears, penguins and zippers, among other perils. So he resolves to enjoy camping vicariously, via his new television. But electrical outlets are few and far between in the woods, and it looks like Scaredy will have to venture out through the wilderness to a nearby campground to plug in. He assembles his survival kit ("really long extension cord," cement, dictionary and fan), dons his "wilderness outfit" (zipper-free), makes a plan, plots a route, does some calisthenics and, when conditions are right (sun = go; volcanic activity = cancel), sets out. All's going well until--gasp--a penguin (a mini-golf fixture) appears in his path! Scaredy does what he does best: panics and then plays dead. When he wakes, it's to a glorious sunset and the realization that the wilderness may not be so bad after all. Watt and Scaredy hit all the right notes, hewing to the now-familiar formula. While the execution may no longer be startlingly original, that's not what Scaredy or his fans are after. The irony of a wilderness-fearing squirrel that lives in the wilderness is especially funny in a camping-avoidance context, and the ending is nothing less than sublime. Welcome back, Scaredy. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894786867
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
105,523
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
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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Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son and I fell into Scaredy Squirrel's world way back when he was simply afraid to leave his tree. Now the little bugger is taking on camping trips. Good on 'em. The thing I love about Melanie Watt is that she accomplishes two things simultaneously, that contradict each other, but work wonders for her picture books. She uses repetition in her illustration and her written text, but, as well, she never ceases to surprise me with new content. Do you know what successful writers like Mo Willems, Dr. Seuss, Robert Munch, and Melanie Watt have in common? They all leave my child feeling involved in literature. Melanie Watt's imagery allows children to exclaim the fears of Scaredy Squirrel, trace his path with their hands, laugh as he plays dead. These are things our children crave. Involvement. So, Melanie Watt can keep making these picture books and, as long as they continue to involve my child with a passion for literature, I'll keep recommending you purchase them. This entire series should locate itself in your child's library.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is a really funny picture book. Squirrel has an inexplicable fear of zippers and penguins, and his camping survival list is hilarious. I read this book to my children and they asked to read it again and again. If you are looking for a humorous picture book to entertain your children, this is a pretty good option. The illustrations are simple, stylized, and fit with the humorous theme of the book. Both my kids and I really enjoyed them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book of scaredy squired is very fun because... it tells you to wash your hands and not read the book, if you have this and things like that. Also we can imagine things and there are very silly.