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Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Review: Scaredy Squirrel Series by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel


Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Scaredy never sleeps — sleep might mean bad dreams about dragons, ghosts, vampire bats and polka-dot monsters. Our wide-eyed hero has a plan: stay awake all night, every night. Between counting stars, playing cymbals and making scrapbooks, he does a good job of avoiding dreamland. With exhaustion taking its toll, Scaredy comes face-to-face with an alarming horoscope prediction: All his dreams are about to come true! He must prepare for the worst and his Bad Dream Action Plan includes a fire extinguisher to snuff out dragons and a fan to blast away ghosts. But when disaster strikes, will Scaredy survive this ordeal? Will he thank his lucky stars? Will he find sweet dreams?

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he's spotted a perfectly safe candidate (with no teeth), Scaredy's ready. Armed with a name tag, mittens, a mirror and a lemon, he's prepared to make The Perfect First Impression. But just when every detail is under control, Scaredy's Action Plan takes a surprising — and "toothy" — turn. Will he survive this ordeal? Will he find his kindred spirit? Will he discover the true meaning of friendship? Read Scaredy's nutty story to find out ...

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded. Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one – but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?  Watch the trailer below!



Why They Are On My Bookshelf: After a first grade teacher introduced me to Scaredy Squirrel, there was just no way I could only own one - I had to have them all, including the puppet!
  

These are laugh out loud funny. Have you ever taken your fears too far? Panicked? Or tried to solve your fears in a ridiculous way? Welcome to the world of Scaredy Squirrel. I loved hearing a student say, "He is taking this way too far!!" When we let our fears control us - we miss out on life. Kids picked up on this right away.

It's also getting to the end of the school year so I try and choose books that are REALLY engaging and have a bit of humor to them. I read a lot of "serious" bibliotherapy throughout the year so it's nice to take a break and use books that light the kids faces up with smiles and chuckles while we still hear a good message. We passed around the Scaredy Squirrel puppet in a circle for kids to talk about their fears and how they overcome them. As soon as I finish reading one of these the kids ALWAYS shout, "Read another one to us!!" I relish those words.

3 comments:

  1. Scaredy Squirrel Rocks. Love him! Gotta get the puppet.

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  2. Oh my gosh...I had no idea they had a stuffed Scaredy Squirrel! I am SO going to have to buy one! I love Scaredy Squirrel!

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  3. These books are hilarious - I love him! (and all Watt's books.)

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