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Scaredy Squirrel goes camping
2013
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Author Notes
Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal. <p>Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.</p>
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Characters
Scared Squirrel (Boy), Squirrel, Scared of camping; tries to adjust to the outside life
Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Topics
Squirrels
Camping
Animals
Bugs
Self-esteem
Large Cover Image
Trade Reviews

  Publishers Weekly Review

Why go camping when you can watch it-The Joy of Camping, that is-on television? That's the plan for Scaredy Squirrel, who recognizes that such dangers as penguins, quicksand, mosquitoes, and zippers make camping excursions way too scary. But finding a power outlet for his television requires leaving his tree house and, therefore, some careful planning. Scaredy charts out the survival supplies required for his journey across the campground (they include a "really long extension cord," popsicles, and a dictionary) and maps the path he will take, with the electrical cord demarcating his trail from "the comfort zone" to the electrical outlet. When on his quest, a fearsome penguin encounter (who'd have guessed Scaredy was right about that one?) sends him reeling off course, but Scaredy eventually discovers that the wilderness is "meant to be enjoyed up close!" As in the previous books, the small format and tidy, humorously labeled cartoons make Scaredy's world feel especially immediate and accessible. The loveably neurotic (yet highly resourceful) rodent should continue to help anxious readers see their own fears in a different light. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Scaredy Squirrel has some major anxiety issues, this time with camping. There are all kinds of things to obsess about: skunks, mosquitoes, penguins, quicksand, the Three Bears, and of course, the dreaded zippers. He decides that it's better to stay home and watch television shows about camping. However, Scaredy needs to get his extension cord plugged in, and so must set off on a terrifying trip into the woods to find a power source for his TV set. Fully armed against every possible scenario, he still freaks out when he comes across a penguin, but ultimately manages to enjoy the wilderness up close. The intricate cartoon-style illustrations have loads of humorous details, all depicting Scaredy's many phobias. That he eventually learns to embrace his own version of camping says much for this squirrel's ability to meet his fears head on and overcome them in a creative way. Kids with anxieties should find much to relate to in Scaredy's humorous adventures.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping... unless it's on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart's plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?
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