Gr. 1-3. In a tongue-in-cheek tale that may help to prod anxious readers out of their hidebound routines, a squirrel discovers the pleasures of leaping into the unknown. As the world's a scary place, what with the killer bees, green Martians, tarantulas, germs, and sharks that might be lurking about, Scaredy Squirrel keeps to his tree, and to a precise, minute-by-minute daily schedule--until a supposed "killer bee" actually wanders by, causing Squirrel to dislodge his suitcase-size emergency kit. A wild lunge to rescue it turns into a long glide (portrayed in a gatefold), as Squirrel discovers to his astonishment that he is a flying squirrel. Eventually, Squirrel returns in triumph to his tree and from then on adds a daily glide to his accustomed rounds. Despite the simply drawn cartoons and brief text, this is more sophisticated in tone than Martin Waddell's Tiny's Big Adventure
(2004), though the message is similar. John PetersCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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.
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.
Bound to win over its readers, parent and child, at the outset with its wry wit.
Youngsters will go nuts over this one.