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Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies
     

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies

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by Mélanie Watt
 
?Halloween is creeping up quickly,? warns everyone's favorite worrywart, ?and it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!? And according to Scaredy Squirrel, the best way to do that is by being prepared. So he's compiled this essential guide full of ideas, strategies and plans to help readers survive Halloween ?all in one piece!? From costume

Overview

?Halloween is creeping up quickly,? warns everyone's favorite worrywart, ?and it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!? And according to Scaredy Squirrel, the best way to do that is by being prepared. So he's compiled this essential guide full of ideas, strategies and plans to help readers survive Halloween ?all in one piece!? From costume suggestions rated with Scaredy's own specially designed SCARE-O-METER (it helps gauge the fear factor), to instructions for visiting a haunted mansion (tip: don't make eye contact when passing the graveyard), to recommendations for outwitting infamous Halloween monsters (example: challenge Frankenstein to count), his advice covers every Halloween danger imaginable (plus many more you never thought of!). Of course, if all else fails, Scaredy has a surefire backup plan: play dead. Because on this, the scariest day of the year, Scaredy Squirrel's leaving nothing to chance!

This picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Mélanie Watt is one in a series of Safety Guides for Scaredies, starring the hilarious, endearing and hugely popular squirrel with the wide, toothy grin and the one-of-a-kind perspective on being afraid. With so much going on in the appealing, graphic-style illustrations --- including loads of charts, lists and maps as well as labeled objects throughout --- this is a book children will love poring over. This title works perfectly as a springboard for discussions on real safety issues during Halloween, as well as on the subject of being afraid in general and ways to deal with fears.

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.)
From the Publisher
The timid and brave alike will laugh their way through this holiday addition to Watt's series.—Publishers Weekly - Starred Review

Watt certainly has hit on a formula that provides readers with a familiar but guaranteed-to-be-hilarious experience.—Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894786874
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
351,652
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (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 Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.