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Scaredy Squirrel

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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 ...
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Overview

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 ?
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Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star
Watts conveys a difficult theme ? with an energetic playfulness ? (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.
Horn Book
The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors ? add energy.
Quill & Quire
Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel’s attempts to control his life.
Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When picture books have the main intention of teaching a lesson with a capital L, they can be overly didactic, but this book on conquering fears and venturing into the unknown does so in a fun, un-preachy manner. The format is a bit unconventional, with charcoal-outlined illustrations that are reminiscent of cartoons and coloring books, as well as lists, plans, schedules, and other nonlinear text elements. Scaredy Squirrel, who is afraid of everything and goes to great pains to avoid contact with the dangerous outside world, eventually encounters a situation he had not prepared for, reacts instinctively, and discovers he can fly—literally. The nice allusion of jumping on faith and learning that you have wings will be over kids' heads, but they will love Squirrel's sense of adventure, curiosity, and excitement upon being freed from his fears. 2006, Kids Can Press, Ages 5 to 9.
—Ginjer L. Clarke
School Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
Watts conveys a difficult theme ? with an energetic playfulness ? (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.

Watts conveys a difficult theme ? with an energetic playfulness ? (Scaredy Squirrel is) a masterful balance of charm, comedy and serious realism.

The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors ? add energy.

The bold, inviting compositions ... and paint-box colors ? add energy.

With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character.

With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character.

Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel’s attempts to control his life.

Readers of any age will chuckle with recognition at the squirrel’s attempts to control his life.

Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.

Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.Youngsters will go nuts over this one.

Youngsters will go nuts over this one.

Children's Literature - Susan Phelan
Scaredy Squirrel is scared of everything. Some of the things he is scared of are sensible, like poison ivy. Others are not so sensible, like aliens and the sharks in the stream that runs near his tree. To keep away from danger, Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his tree. He keeps on schedule, watches for trouble, and has an emergency kit to help him if anything goes wrong. He also has a plan of action and escape routes in case he does need to leave his tree. One day he falls out of his tree (minus his emergency parachute) and finds out, to his amazement, that he is a flying squirrel. Although his timid nature is not totally changed, he learns that adventure can be fun, if taken in small doses. Scaredy Squirrel has light, appropriate music and a clear, interesting narrator. The artwork is simple and appealing. The DVD also comes with an interview with the author, subtitles, and lesson plans. This DVD would be a good addition to classroom themes of risk taking and confidence for preschool through third grade. Reviewer: Susan Phelan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Melanie Watt's picture book (Kids Can Press, 2006) comes to life in this humorous production about taking risks. After a cute introduction encouraging viewers to wash their hands, David de Vries's announcer-style voice brings the book pages to life. Simple animation of Watt's charcoal-outlined cartoon-like illustrations accompanied by text from the book depicts Scaredy Squirrel and his various fears—germs, killer bees, sharks, Martians, and more—as he stays safely hidden in his tree. Amusing music adds to the fun of the story as the drama unfolds and Scaredy Squirrel is finally forced to leave his tree—only to discover something very special about himself in the process. Optional features include a read-along version, subtitles, and an interview with the author, which even young viewers will enjoy thanks to the many cartoons interspersed within the interview. The teacher's guide offers suggestions for utilizing the DVD in the classroom with activities for both pre- and post-viewing. Viewers will be left wanting more episodes of Scaredy Squirrel and his funny antics, so have the other books in the series available for them to read.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553379591
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Scaredy Squirrel Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 309,189
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (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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Read an Excerpt

Scaredy Squirrel


By Mélanie Watt, Tara Walker

Kids Can Press

Copyright © 2006 Mélanie Watt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-3943-8


CHAPTER 1

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree.

He'd rather stay in his safe and familiar tree than risk venturing out into the unknown. The unknown can be a scary place for a squirrel.

A few things Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of:

tarantulas

poison ivy

green Martians

killer bees

germs

sharks

So he's perfectly happy to stay right where he is.

Advantages of never leaving the nut tree:

- great view

- plenty of nuts

- safe place

- no

Disadvantages of never leaving the nut tree:

- same old view

- same old nuts

- same old place

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

In Scaredy Squirrel's nut tree, every day is the same. Everything is predictable. All is under control.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, Tara Walker. Copyright © 2006 Mélanie Watt. Excerpted by permission of Kids Can Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Get Out of Your Shell with Scaredy Squirrel!

    The Turkeybird Speaks(My 3 year old son's POV): "This book is one of those that I just can't put down. My favorite is when my dad reads it, 'wake up, eat a nut, look at a view, eat a nut...', he just does such a good job! Scaredy Squirrel is one of those characters you love instantly, I mean, he's really a flying squirrel! He can fly! How cool is that? And he's afraid of bee's and I am not a fan at all. I once had one sting me and my thumb swelled up like a balloon! So of course you want to stay away from those terrible bugs!

    "My favorite part though has to be his emergency kit! He has everything you could ever need in there to keep away all the scary things you might encounter! Although I'm still not quite sure why he's afraid of sharks? I LOVE sharks! But my mom doesn't, so maybe it's an adult thing??? Anyway, the emergency kit! My mom and I even drew one up together. They have one you can print off on the website for the book and it is incredible! You have to try it out! Of course we included band-aids, just like squirrel, because they are my favorite thing to stick to my body (even if I don't have a 'good' reason for it, as my mom would say)!

    "This is a definite must read with any guy or girl you know! Pick it up and enjoy Scaredy Squirrel's funny adventure!"

    Mom's Two Cents: "The Turkeybird is right, this is one funny book! It was actually awarded the ALA's award for most Notable Children's Book in 2007 and I completely agree. My husband, The Baker, reads to The Turkeybird every night before bed as there time together the rest of the day is limited and this is something they love to do together. Well, at least every other night he asks for this book. I love to hear him chuckle in the other room as he see's Scaredy Squirrel fall from the tree to discover he can fly and that the world outside his tree isn't really as bad as he first thought.

    "One of the funniest things about the book is all the crazy things Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of. I love it! Martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy, germs and sharks. Now, I do have to say, I'm not a fan of sharks, never have been, but Martians? Hilarious! But the truly great thing about it is, I know we all know a little boy or girl who is terrified of something so completely random and impossible that they will never truly be hurt by it, but that doesn't mean they can't fear it. The author mentioned this in her discussion of the book:

    From the author: "Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting."

    "In reality, though this book is funny and entertaining it teaches a wonderful lesson to children of all ages. When we stay in our shells, be it our homes or a safe place (a job, a city, a rut, anything), we could be missing out on all the world has to offer us. In Scaredy Squirrel's case it was knowing he could fly and see more of the world around him. Granted he still has some other fears to overcome, but it's all about taking things one step at a time. And who couldn't use that?"

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    Scaredy Squirrel is awesome!

    I love this book! I am a big fan of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems and now I have found another character to love! The illustrations and concept are awesome. The humor is great. It is a fun character book to read with your kids. Can't wait for more Scaredy Squirrel adventures!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Fun in a Tree.

    *Entertaining illustrations. *Funny storyline. *Learn how to keep things predictable and under control by reading this tale. *Adorable for young "readers" ages three to eight years old and it's fun for read-aloud-time or picture book time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    A Great Read For All Ages!!

    I enjoyed this book from the begining to the end. I have read this to all ages, and they all enjoyed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Loveyou Baby! :) :* Miss you!

    Loveyou Baby! :) :* Miss you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    FUNNY

    It is so funny i love it !

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Scardey Squirrel Takes the (Nutty) Cake

    The librarian at my school read this fantastic story to my 2nd graders and they just, for a lack of better wording, went NUTS over it! Scardey Squirrel is a smart and humorous little number with cute illustrations and a great message. Perfect for Kindergarten through 2nd grade aged children and adults.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Cute!

    This book is an unusual format and should appeal to several ages from toddlers to early readers. And especially squirrel lovers

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Flowergirl

    I would give this book ten million stars ( well that's what I thought of the book ) It's a cute story about a squirrel. If you what to have a little laugh or giggle I would recommend this book to you. "
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    yehey! tayo na?

    yehey! tayo na?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    Scaredy Squirrel is one of my faves havent read this since 1st grade loved it NOT A RIP OFF!

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Was OK

    Wasn't as good as I expected. It's probably a better picture book for story-telling than a storybook that you just read through.

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