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Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies
     

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies

by Mélanie Watt
 

According to Scaredy Squirrel, ?Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the scariest.? Luckily, Scaredy is prepared —- and you can be, too! He's put together this ?Safety Guide for Scaredies,? full of advice for dealing with all the potential dangers, hazards and obstacles one might face during the Christmas season, complete

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According to Scaredy Squirrel, ?Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the scariest.? Luckily, Scaredy is prepared —- and you can be, too! He's put together this ?Safety Guide for Scaredies,? full of advice for dealing with all the potential dangers, hazards and obstacles one might face during the Christmas season, complete with elaborate charts, numbered lists and the necessary diagrams. Included are step-by-step instructions for building a gingerbread house (Step 2: ?Get a building permit?), a shopping guide for tricky personality types (?mystical? and ?hairy? types included) and a variety of safety tips throughout, such as, ?When making a guest list, try to avoid inviting individuals like piranhas or double dippers.? Last but not least, at the end of the book is Scaredy's all-encompassing surefire solution: ?If all else fails ... play dead!?

Author and illustrator Mélanie Watt's endearing Scaredy Squirrel character is hugely popular with readers of all ages. Here she's laid out a picture book with separate chapters dedicated to different parts of the Christmas holidays: decorations, sweets, gifts and the like. With so much going on across each boldly colored spread, youngsters will spend loads of time poring over and laughing at all the details. Besides the fun appeal, this book would make a great introduction to a classroom discussion about how children celebrate the holidays in their own families. It also offers an opportunity for a character education lesson on courage, or a classroom conversation on feelings, particularly fear.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Scaredy Squirrel goes to great lengths to help other scaredies avoid the pitfalls of Christmas in this fully illustrated guide. He lists the necessary equipment to survive such terrors as shopping traffic, stress, avalanches, runaway toboggans, and even the abominable snowman. (It is suggested that readers start amassing safety gear in August, so as not to be caught off guard). Additional tips are offered on the topics such as decorating, building a gingerbread house, and wrapping gifts. There are ideas on what to buy for difficult individuals, fun (yet safe) activities for holiday parties, surefire ways to identify Santa and other icons of the season, and a list of mistletoe scenarios to avoid. The main thing to remember is to always have a plan-and if that doesn't work, play dead! The goofy, grinning squirrel appears center stage pretty much throughout and adds to the high spirits. Clever holiday amusement for fans of this lovable, if a bit neurotic, cartoon character.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Scaredy Squirrel, star of his own wildly popular series of humorous stories about his neurotic life, offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to getting through the holiday season in a safe, sane and germ-free fashion. Previous Scaredy Squirrel stories provided a story in addition to safety tips and charts of potential dangers and caveats. This Christmas-themed collection has a preface and eight short chapters with lists, charts, diagrams, tips and instructions, but there is no story and no way of understanding Scaredy Squirrel and his lovable ways without familiarity with his other books. Of course, a name like Scaredy Squirrel and an introductory warning to "put on mittens before reading this safety guide" do give some clues, but kids who don't know Scaredy already might need some explanation of his personality in order to get the humor. Chapters include guides to decorations, sweets, gifts, characters, pet peeves, fun and Scaredy's last resort for dire straits: playing dead. Each item is amusing on its own, but an entire book of ironic humor about the holidays is a bit much and might be better enjoyed in small doses. Spot illustrations of Scaredy with his earnest grin are sprinkled throughout, along with small illustrations for the many charts and lists. Fans of the series might enjoy this; others can keep calm and carry on. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534692
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
107,896
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (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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