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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  9,842 ratings  ·  494 reviews
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, u ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Kids Can Press (first published January 10th 2006)
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Sep 04, 2011 Philip rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Philip by: Luann
I stole this style of review from Heather's (well, Heather's daughter's) fantastic review of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Her review is a lot more... focused.

Interviewer/ Dad: What did you think about Scaredy Squirrel?

Eleanor: I thought it was good.

Gwennie: Scardey Squirrel's about scarey.

Dad: Ellie, why did you like it?

Eleanor: Because I wanted to. Why are you typing that?

Dad: Gwennie, did you like Scaredy Squirrel?

Gwennie: Yeah.

Dad: Why?

Gwennie: Because Scaredy is scarey scarey...

Dad: What happe
I think the layout was so cute and organized! And the "warning" at the beginning of the book: "Scaredy Squirrel insists that everyone wash their hands with antibacterial soap before reading this book" was so funny!
2010 Monarch Award master list
`From the flap copy: ‘Here’s the story, in a nutshell: I never leave my nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there. I could encounter germs, poison ivy or sharks. If danger comes along, I’m prepared. I have antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. But things really get shaken up later in the book when I’m forced out of my tree by a vicious intruder! Will I survive this ordeal? Will I undergo a life-changing experience? Will I discover my true inner self?’ No
Lisa Vegan
Aug 28, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults, “older” kids who enjoy picture books, anyone who needs to broaden their horizons
This is adorable. I think young kids will get the gist but it helps to be older to understand all the inside information. This is one of those picture books (such as Oh, the Places You'll Go! ) that can make a great gift for adults.

I loved the smiling bees, although I’m not sure I’m particularly fond of the pictures, as I was in Watt’s Chester books. I’m afraid of bees. (Mélanie Watt is afraid of sharks.) Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of a lot of things, including some things that are outlandish (f
Jun 15, 2011 Luann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Luann by: Lisa Vegan
Scaredy Squirrel is awesome! Scaredy Squirrel is also: predictable, prepared, organized, vigilant, adventurous, and unpredictable. By extension, Mélanie Watt must also be: predictable, prepared, organized, vigilant, adventurous, unpredictable and, most definitely, awesome!

I love that Scaredy Squirrel makes lists and tries his utmost to be prepared for the things that scare him. I also love how he responds when his life becomes a bit topsy-turvy!

Thanks so much to my GR friend Lisa for recommendi
Sep 08, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Abigail
Haha! SO amusing! I know the feeling; some days you just want to stay safe and sound in your tree--er, your home--and not worry about all the nasty things out there in the world. But, then, things would get a bit boring if you did that every day! This is the tale of how Scaredy Squirrel gets tired of his life of eating nuts and looking at the view from his tree, has a surprising adventure (will he even have to use his emergency kit?) and discovers that he may just have to vary his routine in the ...more
The Turkeybird Speaks(My 3 year old son's POV): "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 ...more
Laura Lee Denby
Scaredy Squirrel is a beautifully written witty book about courage and knowing our fears.
The book is about a nervous squirrel who never ever leaves the safety of his little nut tree in to the dangerous realms of The Unknown! He is scared of many things, including germs, and indeed instructs us to wash our hands with antibacterial soap before reading any further! Scaredy Squirrel is scared of: green Martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy and sharks. Of course none of these creatures are in
My Kindergarten class looooves Scaredy Squirrel now. So much fun to read with them!
Jessie Bear
Scaredy Squirrel is a homebody, afraid to leave his tree for the vast unknown for fear of germs, killer bees, sharks, green Martians, etc. This delightful tale teaches kids about taking new chances or trying something new, but reads in a humorous rather than didactic tone. Scaredy Squirrel is an exaggerated character with strict routines and organized rational lists. He’s endearing to children and a memorable character. Scaredy Squirrel’s lists and diagrams also contribute to a unique storytelli ...more
Brenna McEvitt
This book tells the tale of Scaredy Squirrel, who is so scared to leave his tree that he never experiences life. One day he finds himself out of his tree and is forced to face the world. This is a great book to teach theme with or to teach voice (since Scaredy Squirrel writes his own lists and speaks to the reader). Awards for this book include:
Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media , winner
Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media , shortlist
I was introduced to this book at library storytime. The librarians really like this book and the sequels, and the kids there get into it a lot.

Scaredy squirrel is afraid of... well... everything. Mostly the unknown. After all - it may contain sharks! Or germs! Or green martians! Or... KILLER BEES!!!!! So he just stays in his tree. He can eat a nut and look at the view, eat a nut and look at the view all day long. No excitement. No danger. Everything absolutely under control.

Until a killer bee ap
Rebecca Brown
This is a story about a very scared squirrel who never leaves his nut tree. He has lots of worries and fears about the unknown world outside his nut tree and is very conscious that germs are everywhere. He likes to think he is a well prepared squirrel with his emergency kit for if anything unexpected where to happen.

I really like this book, it’s very simple and easy to read but there are a lot of engaging pages to the book. It doesn’t read like the usual flow of a story, but has lists and diagra
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Sometimes I wonder if there are certain children's books that pose as "picture books"... but are really secretly intended for us "big kids" and are only trying to get a giggle out of us. Because that is exactly what happened when all of us in the staff here at our library got a hold of this gem!

Written perhaps for a more detail-oriented crowd, Scaredy Squirrel is the tale of a most cautious, attentive squirrel who comes complete with his own set of fears, an affinity for weighing pros and cons,
Ty O'Brien
*** SPOILERS ***

Its really just about him, he doesn't want to come out of his tree because he thinks there are bad things around him. But then one day he comes out of the tree and sees all the scary things but when he gets back in the tree he sees that there is nothing scary.

My favourite part is when he climbs all through the trees because it looks funny when he is popping up in all the different places.
Scaredy Squirrel is mostly content in his lovely, safe treetop where he can avoid the many things he's afraid to encounter (i.e. bees, poison ivy, sharks). He's super prepared for any and every eventuality with his trusty plan and emergency kit. He feels pretty secure. Of course when he is detailing how wonderfully prepared he is, things don't go to plan and Scaredy Squirrel is forced to leave his secure home. Fortunately, even without his detailed plan and many emergency items, Scaredy Squirrel ...more
The kids LOVES this book about a neurotic, overprepared squirrel who learns to let go a bit, and I kind of do too.
Jul 13, 2010 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scaredy cats
Recommended to Dee by: Kathy Manning, keep them coming
Shelves: children-s-books
This is one scared squirrel. I wish my neighboring squirrels would stay in their trees. He is afraid of everything. I love how he makes lists. Here are a few things he is afraid of: tarantulas (me too), germs, killer bees (me too) and sharks (me too). I wonder how many sharks he runs into? He shows the advantages and disadvantages of leaving his safe haven. We see his daily routine, boring. But rest assured, he is prepared if he decides to leave. He's got it all covered. Will he leave his safety ...more
Used for elapsed time and clock practice
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Cute, funny, quirky. A great read for kiddos.
Nic Phillips
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Sarah Wilbern
Watt, M. (2006). Scaredy Squirrel. Canada: Kids Can Press.
Tumble Book

This is a cute book. It has a paranoid scared squirrel in it. The squirrel is afraid to leave his tree. He is afraid of green martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy, germs, and sharks. He has the same routine everyday; wake up, eat a nut, look at view from his tree, eat another nut, look at view from his tree, eat another nut, look at view from his tree, and go to bed. The squirrel talks about all the advantages and
James Son
The "Scaredy Squirrel" was simply about a squirrel that was scared of everything, well besides its safe nut tree. Everyday the squirrel would have the same schedule, because if it did anything else, who knows what might happen. The few things he was scared of consisted of killer bees, germs, poison ivy, and many other things. He was happy though, because he was safe. He listed the advantages of never leaving his safe tree, but also listed some disadvantages. However, he didn't care, because he w ...more
Scaredy Squirrel is an overcautious squirrel that likes everything to be in order and to follow his schedule. He has a phobia against many things such as bees, poison ivy, and germs. He has a fixed schedule on what he does every day and he sticks through it. One day, while looking out the view, he suddenly falls but quickly realizes that he can fly, therefore he discovers he’s a flying squirrel.
The text throughout the book makes it fun and enjoyable for kids of any ages. The few pages that were
Edward Creter
This book is SO SWEEEEET! Right up there with the Splat the Cat series for unbearable sweetness and cuteness. these are the types of books that have made me a MAN! And now I love Scaredy! Scaredy is a nice, humble squirrel but so SCARED of the unknown...he doesn't know how nice the world can be. The unrealistic "nice world" is, in the words of Soundgarden, the "Superunknown" which makes up the Love of the Universe. But Scaredy is almost too scared to try...almost, that is, until he gets enough c ...more
A fun little picture book about a squirrel who is afraid to venture out of his nut tree. He is so afraid of the unknown, that he creates an emergency kit and an action plan ready to enforce if anything goes wrong. But when a "killer bee" arrives at his tree, things suddenly go very wrong, and the orderly plans have to change. I love this silly squirrel and can't wait to read my kids the rest of the books about him :).
Carrie Speranza
Categories/Genres: Tumblebooks, Picturebook

Estimate of age level of interest: Grade K-3

Estimate of reading level: Grade Level Equivalent- 3.6, Lexile: AD560L

Brief description: Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to leave his nut tree. One day he is forced to leave his tree and face the unknown. He jumps from his tree to find that he is flying squirrel!

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: 1)Picturebooks should appeal to children. Scaredy
Dec 23, 2014 Ainsley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ainsley by: Suzi Piker
Shelves: read-in-2014

Growing up, I was a total scaredy squirrel. For starters, and in no particular order, I was afraid of boats, dying, getting shot, bad guys hiding in my room, becoming President of the United States and having people want to kill me all the time, being mugged, being raped (I didn't know what that was, just that it was really bad)--and especially of the SUN BURNING OUT. I would practice sun-burning-out drills just so I'd know what to do in case (it
Stacy Slater
"Awesome!' cried my six-year-old daughter when I presented her with her very own copy of Scaredy Squirrel. It's currently number one on her class's favorites list, and with good reason. We laughed ourselves silly at Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit and reluctance to leave his tree, then cheered his bravery at finally leaping from said tree into the UNKNOWN.
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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 illu ...more
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