Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies, by Mélanie Watt (2012)
Does the hustle and bustle of Christmas send your stress sky-high? Maybe Scaredy Squirrel’s tips can help!
Scaredy Squirrel is a squirrel with a lot of worries. From papercuts while wrapping gifts to the Abominable Snowman, Christmas is full of hazards to be mitigated. This step-by-step guide to preparing for Christmas, from initial prep work to throwing the safest, most hazard-free Christmas party on the block, gives tips from the world’s most cautious squirrel for a holiday celebration that is least likely to have you needing to play dead before the night is over. (Note: Not all hazards, like the Abominable Snowman, can be completely avoided.) Divided into eight chapters of wacky tips, this text reads less like a story book and more like a manual, with labels, tips, and illustrations to help all scaredies have the safest holiday ever. The longest and most detailed of the series, Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas is sure to make the middle elementary crowd laugh with its wacky hints, silly pictures, and over-the-top narrator. While some in the series have a plot simple enough to be read aloud (although some of the vocabulary is by no means simple) and are therefore well-suited for younger readers, this book is more likely to be enjoyed through independent reading, so an older reader (probably at least second grade to understand more of the humor) is most likely to be able to thoroughly explore and enjoy the text. The best audience is probably children who have previously enjoyed reading or having the other books in the series read to them so they are more familiar with the character and his quirks.