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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Scaredy Squirrel is frightened by everything associated with the beach—seagulls, sea monsters, jellyfish, etc. He decides to vacation alone, at home, and creates a beach environment with a bag of kitty litter, a plastic flamingo, a flashlight for sunlight, etc. Something is missing, though—the sound of the ocean. The squirrel then devises an elaborate plan to retrieve a seashell (unoccupied) from the real beach by mailing himself to the shore. He has such a good day there—amid the crowd of people—that he forgets his fears and decides to populate his personal beach with a crowd of garden gnomes. Children with fears of the unknown will relate to this tale. The simple story line explains Scaredy Squirrel's worries, plans, and activities in a humorous way. Digitally rendered illustrations in pastel, Floridian colors add amusing details. This is an excellent book to share one-on-one.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI
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That worrywart Scaredy Squirrel (2006) returns in another hilarious tale, this time contemplating a beach vacation. Concerned about falling coconuts, seagulls, and lobsters, however, he decides to build his own beach. After a burst of squirrel creativity, he is soon lounging on a bed of kitty litter, soaking in sun from a flashlight, and contemplating the water in his inflatable pool. Unfortunately, there’s something amiss, which puts Scaredy on course to a real beach to acquire a seashell. As might be expected, his preparations for the visit involve much more than just packing a suit. In fact, the only thing that slips beneath his radar are people—who eventually win him over and also inspire a funny addition to his own sunbather’s haven. In appealing, flat colors, Watt’s cartoon-style pictures (full spread and graphic-novel-style panels) add joke after joke. With simple shapes bordered in distinctive ribbons of black and white, they deliver a surprise on every page as the obsessive squirrel, with toothy grin and boundless imagination, scampers around, trying to anticipate everything  that can go wrong. Grades 1-3. --Stephanie Zvirin

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scaredy Squirrel
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press; 1st Printing edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Watt lives in Montreal, Quebec. She is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books including Scaredy Squirrel and Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend.

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Format: Hardcover
Scaredy Squirrel is off on an another adventure! Summer has arrived, but Scaredy knows the beach is rife with dangerous packs of pirates, mobs of lobsters, and flocks of seagulls. For safety's sake, he opts to build a faux beach right at the base of his own nut tree. His imaginative techniques and improvisational materials result in a satisfactorily realistic beach. The only missing ingredient - a soothing ocean sound.

Scaredy has no choice but to acquire a seashell from the real beach, a dangerous mission. For a phobic squirrel, a beach foray demands a time table, risk identification map, avoidance techniques, and protective body gear. Scaredy quickly discovers there is one variable he neglected to allow for and he is forced to adapt!

These pages are packed with clever little gems just waiting to be discovered. Scaredy's overly-detailed plans and goofy protective gear will have your kids giggling. This Squirrel is so endearing, you can't help but be won over by his quirky nature. He's got issues, but he's also got plenty of hustle and imagination. You gotta love that big toothy grin of his!
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Format: Hardcover
Scaredy Squirrel is a very cautious sort. As we have learned over the course of the series, he is something of a germaphobe and has an obsessive need to control his environment at all times. Naturally, the beach isn't the place for a squirrel of such compulsions. Still, even neurotic squirrels need to kick back and so Scaredy has created his own home "beach". He thoughtfully provides step-by-step instructions for completing a home beach and the drawings and text here are particularly funny. When it is completed, it looks quite nice but is missing one important element: that calming ocean sound.

This serves as the jumping-off point for Scaredy's quest to find the perfect shell to provide him with that last bit of ambiance necessary to his beach setup. I have a five-year-old daughter and am well acquainted with the irrational fears of young children. Scaredy shares these fears and refuses to go to the beach because he may find himself besieged by such horrors as packs of pirates and dread sea monsters.

What makes this series so enjoyable is the fact that Scaredy is a very lovable little rodent. His mishaps are outrageous and serve as a gentle example to children of how clinging to irrational fears can cheat one of some truly enjoyable and fulfilling experiences. It is when Scaredy's plans go awry in each book that he finds that things are not only not nearly as bad as he feared, they are actually quite wonderful.

There is a formula to these books that really works. The reader is always presented with Scaredy's particular fear for the book, with an elaborate plan of action for trying at all costs to avoid dealing with this fear, and with the ultimate collapse of his plans.
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...I should reiterate. "Scaredy Squirrel At The Beach", is another fabulous story from Melanie Watt and her adventures of our favorite "chicken", "Scaredy Squirrel".
The pictures, are once again, colorful and the lovable, "Scaredy", is as charming and funny as ever! This time, "Scaredy" is trying his best to enjoy a day out at the beach without scaring himself half to death! What follows is a charming and laughable story about our loveable furry-friend and his courage at meeting the world head on! The only snag to this book was the fact that my seven-year old was a little overwhelmed with all the dialogue to read and the "busy" pictures. I ended up having to read most of the story as he just found it a little too long and involved. But, with that said, this is still one of our all-time favorite books and we are thrilled to read it time and again!

From my seven-year old:
"Scaredy Orville Squirrel" should go to a FARM next to meet all the animals and other stuff!
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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach is a pretty fun tale about a squirrel who doesn't like crowds so builds his own beach but then decides to visit an actual one. I haven't read any other books in this series and have no problem following or enjoying this book. The Kindle book is laid out as long images (so you have to read this in landscape) with lots of small text on top, some are maps, some contain a lot of comic book style cells, some are just busy pictures with a lot of people and objects in them. I have good eyesight and didn't have any problems reading the text (I read it on the Kindle Fire), but if you're eyesight isn't the best or I guess if a child was reading this who was still learning to read, you probably want to download this onto your PC where you've got a bigger screen than the 7" size screen on your Kindle Fire or whatever device with a smaller screen you usually use. But the book was a lot of fun and I'll definitely check out other books in this series.
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Format: Hardcover
Melanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach (Kids Can Press, 2008)

Watt's third Scaredy Squirrel book is as cute as the first two, though she's really kind of stretching the agoraphobia thing a bit here (is Scaredy, despite his careful planning, really going to have the guts to get all the way from his tree to the beach without having a nervous breakdown?). That said, the second half of the book tells me that Watt has had an ulterior motive all the way through this series, and that it's going to surface in the next book or two. Can't wait to see if I'm right. And as always, the story is simple and amusing and the illustrations are bright and easy to grasp; kids will get a kick out of these, and they have the re-readability factor that assures parents won't get tired of them when the kid asks for you to read it just one more time before being packed off to bed. *** ½
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