The Resource Scaredy squirrel
- Scaredy squirrel
- Statement of responsibility
- by Mâelanie Watt
- Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid of the unknown "out there." But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook
- Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2007.
- Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland) for Picture Books, 2009.
- Blue Spruce Award (Ontario), 2007.
- Monarch Award: Illinois K-3 Children's Choice Award, 2010.
- North Carolina Children's Book Award, Picture Books category, 2008.
- Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades K-3, 2010.
- Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for Picture Book, 2007.
- Willow Awards, Shining Willow category, 2008.
- ALA Notable Children's Book, 2007
- 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 Peters (Reviewed 05-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 17, p94)
- PreS-Gr 3 –Scaredy Squirrel has a catalog of creatures and things that frighten him. His life in his nut tree is comfortably predictable, and he has an emergency kit and escape plan to cover every danger. One day one of his fears is realized when he encounters a “killer bee.” Panicking, he drops his emergency kit out of the tree and jumps after it without his parachute. To his surprise, he learns that he is actually a flying squirrel, and he adapts his routine to include a daily “jump into the unknown.” With his iconic nervous grin and over-the-top punctiliousness, Scaredy Squirrel is an endearing character. Thick-lined cartoons with bold patches of color, quirky charts and graphs, and clever asides provide humor that will appeal to children. Like other successful worrywarts before him, such as Kevin Henkes’s Wemberly Worried (HarperCollins, 2000) and Rosemary Wells’s Felix and the Worrier (Candlewick, 2003), Scaredy Squirrel needn’t fret about finding readers to cheer him on.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY --Rachel G. Payne (Reviewed June 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 6, p128)
- It's an indication of how well Watt (Leon the Chameleon ) knows her helicopter-parented audience that she's able to turn the phrase "antibacterial soap" into a bona fide punchline. Fearing attack by Martians, sharks, poison ivy, killer bees, tarantulas and/or germs, Scaredy Squirrel decides "he'd rather stay in his safe and familiar tree than risk venturing out into the unknown." But just in case something goes awry, this most anxious rodent also has an extensive emergency kit that includes sardines (to distract the sharks), the aforementioned antibacterial soap and a parachute. Then one day, Scaredy's unvarying and admittedly boring routine is thrown for a loop (it's the emergency kit's fault), and he discovers he's a flying squirrel—an epiphany so momentous that it garners the book's only gatefold spread. Will Scaredy's life be changed forever now that new vistas have opened up to him? Well, sort of. Watt largely dispenses with conventional visual storytelling; instead, she tells the hero's story through a series of boldly graphic and endearingly goofy charts and diagrams (one outlines the anxious rodent's "top secret," four-option plan for exiting the tree in case of emergency). Funny in their own right, the pages also spoof all the sincerely inane worksheets that are the staple of elementary school homework. Youngsters will go nuts over this one. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 13, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 11, p64)
- An appealing little fraidy-squirrel leaves the predictable, safe life of his nut tree for an adventure into the terrifying unknown. Scaredy Squirrel is so afraid of the outside world that he'd rather remain in his tree forever than risk running into killer bees, sharks or green Martians. And just in case something unexpected happens, he's got a fully stocked emergency kit and a top-secret exit plan. Naturally, something unexpected does happen, and Scaredy Squirrel leaps out of his tree, with surprising and delightful results. Simple cartoon illustrations reflect a sophisticated use of perspective and page design. The low-key, droll narration is effective; it allows Scaredy Squirrel's endearing character to take center stage. Navigation is achieved easily through a picture menu. Unfortunately, the iBooks experience lacks the freedom of an app. Double-tapping sometimes brings up the iBooks menu, sometimes zooms in or out and sometimes actually triggers something interactive. There is some text that is not narrated, and page turning is a little glitchy. It's also priced at the iBooks standard $9.99, which is expensive compared to storybooks from the App Store. For every kid or grownup who has ever been afraid of anything, Scaredy Squirrel is a delight in any format--but this particular interface is not a significant improvement on good old paper. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012)
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- A Junior Library Guild selection.
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