Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween

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From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone's favorite worrywart.
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Overview

From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone's favorite worrywart.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Who better than Scaredy Squirrel to educate readers about the safest ways to survive Halloween? In eight brief chapters, Scaredy explains how best to carve pumpkins (don’t use an ax or chainsaw, and “always go with a friendly look”), decorate one’s home (stick to “unscary” black and orange items like top hats and popsicles), pick a costume, and host a party (“Pipe organ music makes a great soundtrack for dancing. The very gloomy tempo will slow festivities down”). And if things get too scary, there’s always the most Halloween-worthy defense mechanism of all: playing dead. The timid and brave alike will laugh their way through this holiday addition to Watt’s series. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of everything; why else would his first name be Scaredy? And, since being scared all the time may keep a person from having fun, it is common sense to find a way not to be scared. Fortunately, Scaredy found it. He discovered that being prepared works best in just about any situation. Along comes Halloween, potentially the scariest holiday of the year but also potentially the most fun. Good advice: do not eat half-eaten candy or candy that has a toad stuck to it. Silly advice: use a wheelbarrow, or, better yet, a large truck when trick-or-treating. Make a scary spider costume with vacuum hoses. Use toilet paper to become a mummy, but do not go outside if it is raining. Draw a happy face on the photogenic side of a pumpkin; no grumps allowed! Full of tips, Scaredy Squirrel makes young readers interested in studying the many details of this delightfully illustrated chapter book page by silly page. Reviewer: Bonita Herold AGERANGE: Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
K-Gr 3—In eight humorous, engaging chapters, Scaredy Squirrel shares a multitude of survival strategies for the holiday by cleverly organizing visual and textual information in the format of a nonfiction book, including a table of contents. A preface notes that "it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!" One tip is a "vacant doghouse gives the illusion that your home is well guarded" and another suggests using "garlic to stink out vampires!" A chapter on costumes suggests layering outfits for warmth, gives directions for making silly costumes, and offers ratings for "unscary, scary, and terrifying" costumes in categories such as "Classics," "Humor," "Fairy Tale," and "Science Fiction." "Halloween Candy" categorizes types of sweets and recommends that an adult inspect candy before a child eats it. Other chapters cover party planning and other activities and offer detailed instructions for playing dead "to confuse predators." Watt's humorous illustrations done with charcoal pencil and Photoshop, along with the witty text, will keep readers coming back to each spread. Use this to discuss parts of a nonfiction book; the difference between fiction and nonfiction; to supplement lessons on charts, sorting, and organization; and to develop and discuss strategies to cope with fearful situations. This essential addition to holiday collections will be of interest all year long.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Popular Scaredy Squirrel sports fangs as he beams from the cover of this "Safety Guide for Scaredies." Following the format of his previous safety guide (Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, 2012), a preface warns that "Halloween is creeping up quickly, and it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!" Eight brief chapters follow, offering over-the-top advice on decorations, costumes, trick-or-treating, candy and party planning. Of course, "if all else fails…play dead." The mix of diagrams (how to make it through a haunted house as quickly as possible), charts (scariness factor of costumes), lists ("unscary black items to decorate with" include Black Forest cakes and bowling balls) and step-by-step instructions (how to carve a friendly-faced pumpkin) offer kids new ways of reading information. Good tips (inspecting candy before eating it) and comically bad (play gloomy organ music to slow the tempo of a party) intermingle and are delivered with the same earnest tone by the always-cautious, comically overprepared and endearing squirrel. Watt certainly has hit on a formula that provides readers with a familiar but guaranteed-to-be-hilarious experience. Although fans of Scaredy's hypercontrolled world will eagerly devour each page, this may not be the best title to introduce a child to the series; start them with one of his stories instead. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894786874
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Series: Scaredy Squirrel Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 121,419
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (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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  • Posted August 31, 2013

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    A Wonderful Learning Tool!

    Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt teaches Halloween Safety, while still having fun! Geared for young readers’ enjoyment, this book is filled with excellent safety tips for safe trick or treating, costume ideas, and even how to carve a pumpkin!

    We all want the kids to have fun on Halloween and the Scaredy Squirrel makes the task of explaining Halloween Safety easier on parents and very understandable for kids without creating doom, gloom or fear! Learning safety shouldn’t be a task, and Melanie Watt has made it a fun adventure for the entire family!

    A review copy was provided by NetGalley and Kids Can Press in exchange for my honest review.

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