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Scaredy Squirrel Hardcover – February 1, 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Scaredy Squirrel's world is straightforward and easy to navigate. His tree is safe and comforting whereas everything else on the planet is "the unknown" and therefore worthy of fear. I mean, consider how dangerous everything is. There's poison ivy and martians and sharks and germs and all kinds of stuff to watch out for. Scaredy Squirrel, therefore, sees no good reason why he should do anything other than eat, sleep, and look at the view from his tree's verdant branches all day. He even has an emergency kit near at hand. Then... one day... the unthinkable occurs. Out of nowhere a "killer" bee startles our hero and causes him to drop his kit. Down plunges Scaredy (before remembering the whole don't-leave-the-tree plan) but rather than crash to the ground he finds that he is capable of something entirely new: gliding. Turns out that Scaredy has been a flying squirrel all along and never knew it. Now Scaredy makes exactly one leap into the unknown every day before playing dead for two hours and going home. And for this little squirrel, that's a mighty big step to take.
I liked the straightforward nature of the book.Read more ›
From the very start, from picture of a nervously grinning Scaredy Squirrel on the cover, this book is irresistible. Mélanie Watt (author and illustrator) is a graphic artist, and her background comes through, decidedly to the book's advantage. Items introduced on one page often repeat later, in smaller format, as icons. My favorite are the killer bees, sparely drawn, but with menacing brows. The germs are also simple, but unmistakable. The bold lines of pictures and fonts are sure to appeal to kids of all ages, drawing the reader forward, eager to see more.
The humor in the book will appeal to adults and kids, too. Watt pokes fun at people who are afraid of everything, but it's a sympathetic sort of fun. We can tell that she's been there, too. We know what to expect from the warning on the very first page: "Warning! Scaredy Squirrel insists that everyone wash their hands with antibacterial soap before reading this book."
I also like the way that the vocabulary in the book doesn't talk down to kids.Read more ›
Unfortunately, it's a non-narrative book--much of it is in tables and isolated "labels" for pictures. If you have the kids that really prefer narrative stories and plot, this will be a tough go. Our kids just weren't prepared for this kind of "webbish" presentation of material in grids and labels, from which a plot must be intuited.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute story - my kids loved it, and now constantly repeat their emergency plan, which starts with "Panic!"Published 16 days ago by Randall S. Wood
Unique and cute. Flipped through it and the story line is funny. Given as a gift with the squirrel game.Published 2 months ago by Mima
One of my favorite kids books! A great way to have discussions about fear and it's place in our lives and how we can adapt and have new experiences.Published 2 months ago by Christie
This is such an adorable book. I read it while waiting in the Pediatrician's office. I just pulled up my Amazon App and ordered it right away.Published 3 months ago by Woobird
Great life lessons from SS. Parenting culture lives in fear. Good advice for kids and parents alike. Looking forward to reading more.Published 5 months ago by Brad Belote
Probably some of the best kids books I've come across in a very long time, and honestly they're not just for kids!!Published 5 months ago by NLGH