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scaredysquirrelScaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Published by Kids Can Press, Ltd.

Pages: 42

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he’s well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel’s emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.

Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day … his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk.

But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting …


The Turkeybird Speaks: “This book is one of those that I just can’t put down. My favorite is when my dad reads it, ‘wake up, eat a nut, look at a view, eat a nut…’, he just does such a good job! Scaredy Squirrel is one of those characters you love instantly, I mean, he’s really a flying squirrel! He can fly! How cool is that? And he’s afraid of bee’s and I am not a fan at all. I once had one sting me and my thumb swelled up like a balloon! So of course you want to stay away from those terrible bugs!

“My favorite part though has to be his emergency kit! He has everything you could ever need in there to keep away all the scary things you might encounter! Although I’m still not quite sure why he’s afraid of sharks? I LOVE sharks! But my mom doesn’t, so maybe it’s an adult thing??? Anyway, the emergency kit! My mom and I even drew one up together. They have one you can print off on the website for the book and it is incredible! You have to try it out! Of course we included band-aids, just like squirrel, because they are my favorite thing to stick to my body (even if I don’t have a ‘good’ reason for it, as my mom would say)!

“This is a definite must read with any guy or girl you know! Pick it up and enjoy Scaredy Squirrel’s funny adventure!”

HandsMom’s Two Cents: “The Turkeybird is right, this is one funny book! It was actually awarded the ALA’s award for most Notable Children’s Book in 2007 and I completely agree. My husband, The Baker, reads to The Turkeybird every night before bed as there time together the rest of the day is limited and this is something they love to do together. Well, at least every other night he asks for this book. I love to hear him chuckle in the other room as he see’s Scaredy Squirrel fall from the tree to discover he can fly and that the world outside his tree isn’t really as bad as he first thought.

“One of the funniest things about the book is all the crazy things Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of. Below is a picture from the book (provided via the publishers website) of all the crazy things he thinks are outside of his front door:


“I love it! Martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy, germs and sharks. Now, I do have to say, I’m not a fan of sharks, never have been, but Martians? Hilarious! But the truly great thing about it is, I know we all know a little boy or girl who is terrified of something so completely random and impossible that they will never truly be hurt by it, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fear it. The author mentioned this in her discussion of the book:

From the author: “Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.”

“In reality, though this book is funny and entertaining it teaches a wonderful lesson to children of all ages. When we stay in our shells, be it our homes or a safe place (a job, a city, a rut, anything), we could be missing out on all the world has to offer us. In Scaredy Squirrel’s case it was knowing he could fly and see more of the world around him. Granted he still has some other fears to overcome, but it’s all about taking things one step at a time. And who couldn’t use that?”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. For kids (and adults) who may be frightened to step outside of their front door (or even their comfort zone).

Make sure to visit the publishers website for some fun activities too!

For the comments: So, what irrational fear do you have? Sharks, the dark, martians?

This book was purchased for our home library.
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8 Responses to Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

  1. NotNessie says:

    Cute review! Love the turkeybird’s perspective.

    Fears… I’m pretty claustrophobic, and I also hate anything that makes me feel like my breathing is restricted (saunas, scarves, children climbing all over my face, etc.) But I happen to think this is a perfectly rational fear. Breathing is very important =oP
    .-= NotNessie´s last blog ..Fun Finds: Sea Glass =-.

    • Thanks so much! I hate being stuck in small places, in fact I think it leads to an inability to breath properly so this wouldn’t bode well for you. Eeck! Completely rational fear. 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    I LOVE this book! It makes me so laugh every time I read it to my daughter, and I agree it has such an amazing lesson about not being afraid.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday – Olympic Reading =-.

  3. Book Chook says:

    I am totally sold on the book – love pbs that make me laugh! And fears? I am afraid of rats. I have stared down snakes, dealt with redback spiders on a regular basis, but even a TV rat has me shuddering.
    .-= Book Chook´s last blog ..Book Review, Birdsong =-.

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  5. Robot says:

    I LOVE Scaredy Squirrel!

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