Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

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In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded. Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one ? but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive. He's back! Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and ...
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In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded. Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one ? but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive. He's back! Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?
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Publishers Weekly
It shouldn't surprise readers that Scaredy Squirrel doesn't like, well, surprises. And, as his fifth picture book demonstrates, that includes birthday party surprises, even when it's his birthday. Scaredy is all too aware of the pitfalls that can spoil such an occasion: confetti, Bigfoot, clownfish, ants, ponies, and porcupines. His solution? Scaredy Squirrel, party of one, please. But Scaredy's plan to not invite any guests gets tossed aside when he receives a birthday card from Buddy the dog; he invites Buddy, a "risky move!" that upends the rest of Scaredy's porcupine- and pony-defying preparations when Buddy shows up with several canine friends. After freaking out ("He chases... He screams... He ducks... He freezes and... PLAYS DEAD"), Scaredy realizes (as usual) that all his worrying is for naught. Might the panphobic squirrel finally be cured? Don't bet on it, but kids should have as much fun as ever following along as Watt shares Scaredy's idea of party small talk ("So, do you come here often?") and birthday dos and don'ts. Hint: the only "do" is "sit quietly." Ages 3–8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Scaredy Orville Squirrel is an obsessive worrywart who is afraid of almost everything and everyone. He makes elaborate plans for his birthday party, but it will not include any guests and will be celebrated alone up in his tree. When he goes to mail the invitation to himself, he discovers a birthday card in his mailbox from Buddy the dog. After thinking it over, he decides to invite Buddy to the party. Of course, this forces him to come up with all new and complicated procedures for holding the party on the ground. These include setting a cookie trail to lure away any ants who might show up, building a house of cards for Bigfoot to smash if he suddenly appears to crash the party and renting a tent for protection if the confetti-throwing gets out of control. He even draws up charts for the "dos and don'ts of partying," good and bad conversation topics and a minute-by-minute schedule for the hour-long event. When Buddy and many of his friends appear on the day of the party, Scaredy is totally panic-stricken and acts accordingly. In desperation, he plays dead for two hours, only to open his eyes and find everyone waiting patiently for him to blow out the candle on his cake and open his surprise gift. Scaredy is so happy he immediately begins to plan the party for next year. The computer-generated pastel pictures combine double spreads and graphic novel-style pages. If the previous four books about Scaredy are popular, this newest title may be put on the future buy list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Scaredy Squirrel's birthday is rapidly approaching. He plans to celebrate as he always has—safe and sound in his oak tree, where no one can surprise him. But an unexpected birthday card leads him to expand the party. When some "party animals" appear, he finds that it is worth letting go of your worries when you're surrounded by friends. This book is very detailed—the protagonist keeps copious lists of things he is scared of, party plans, and safety precautions to protect him from any surprises or loud noises. All of these plans are layered across the pages, with grids of illustrations or checklists trailing down the pages. This is definitely a book for one-on-one sharing or individual reading sessions. The illustrations are exactly what Watt is known for—round-faced animals, goofy expressions, and lots and lots of worry. Scaredy Squirrel will be enjoyed by children who have gone to a birthday party or two and can appreciate the slapstick humor. They might also sense a bit of the isolation that the squirrel's anxiety has created in the past.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554537167
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 150,722
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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