Monday, October 7, 2013

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween - a book review


           Quote of the Day:  "Book lovers never go to bed alone."
                                                ~Author unknown





Title:  Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween
Author and Illustrator:  Melanie Watt
Ages:  4-8




Our loveable, neurotic little worrywart, Scaredy Squirrel is back with another winning book for your reading pleasure.  It is a Safety Guide to Halloween.  It is an event planner that will make your Halloween the best and least surprising ever.  Following his carefully, thought - out safety tips, you will experience a safe and harmless night of trick-or-treating and party celebration.

The author has divided the book into short chapters (8 in all) and has covered everything from decorating your home, choosing your costumes and even eating the type of candy you might receive on that frightful night.  Some of the over-the-top advice he dispenses is:  always carve a pumpkin with a friendly look on its face, if you want a great costume - start shopping for one in early June, and of course the best one for me was ..... chocolate Halloween candy is very good but it does melt and attract bunnies.   Scaredy Squirrel also suggests that you turn on your blender to scare off the ghosts and goblins, avoid any untamed lawns you may encounter and turn on your washing machine for the sound effects.  The good news about the washing machine is that you can do a load of laundry at the same time as you are using it for scare tactics for things that go bump in the night.

Scaredy Squirrel is a a favourite story character with OCD tendencies that everyone will surely love.   Kids of all ages will get a laugh from his overcompensations that come to naught.  He documents in vivid detail how to have a safe and accident-free Halloween night.  Perfect read aloud that will generate lots of smiles and laughter.  The illustrations are hilarious making Scaredy even more endearing to the reader.  Check out:  www. scraredysquirrel.com for a more info on both book and author.
















About the author:





It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? andBearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers’ Choices Project.
Mélanie’s best known book Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar.
ChesterChester’s Back! and Chester’s Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.
Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone inScaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. 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.
Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.



   Book Review Rating:   8  (Fantastic!)

             
             Read on and read always!   Have a great, great day!

* book compliments of NetGalley with much thanks.  ideas and thoughts my own


Fun update:  


Deborah Sloan

7 minutes ago  -  Shared publicly
 
I saw that you featured SCAREDY SQUIRREL PREPARES FOR HALLOWEEN on the library blog and thought, you might just get a kick out of this just released Halloween Public Service Announcement from Kids Can Press and Scaredy Squirrel, the nutty worrywart  (and extremely popular - over 1.5 million books sold) brainchild of author-illustrator Melanie Watts.  It's a quick one-minute share of Top 3 Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating.

http://www.youtube.com/watchscaredysquirrel

Enjoy.

Thanks Deborah for your fabulous input.  It was really great to watch!  
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