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Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  3,540 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
That lovable little worrywart is back. And he's as scaredy as ever! In his latest adventure, 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 con
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Kids Can Press
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Charity
Mar 19, 2014 Charity rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
My four-year-old says this book is "powerful and sweet." I should really get this kid his own Goodreads profile.

(The star rating is mine. My son would give it five, but I knock off one star for every thirty times I've read a book.)
Ty O'Brien
Feb 07, 2015 Ty O'Brien rated it really liked it
*** Spoilers ***

This part is funny - where he makes a friend with a dog, they play hide and seek and play fetch with a hot dog. He even has a tag that says "Hello, My name is Scaredy!"
Rosa
Jul 10, 2012 Rosa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rosa by: Sahil Kumar
I cannot begin to express the magnificence of this extraordinary book; it embodies absolutely everything a distinguished published work should demonstrate. "Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend" has been overshadowed by literary debacles such as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or "Green Eggs and Ham" that both overcompensate for their lackluster plots and insignificant character development by dazzling readers with unnecessarily colourful pictures.

As an avid reader of fine fiction, I'm able to genuinel
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Amy Herrick
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book:
TumbleBooks; Picture Book; Fiction

Estimate of age level of interest:
Grades K-2

Estimate of reading level:
2

Brief description:
Scaredy Squirrel is too frightened of the outside world to leave the safety of his tree. He finally ventures out to make friends with a goldfish, which he believes to be safe, but he ends up making friends instead with someone he’d least expect.

2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and how they appear in the boo
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Audra Rowell
Jan 07, 2013 Audra Rowell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-lit
My favorite line in this Scaredy Squirrel adventure is "This was not a part of the plan!" For gifted learners, especially those who struggle with anxiety, this is a common thought. But Scaredy Squirrel once again proves to use that sometimes that best laid plans may go awry. And when they do, things can still turn out alright. In fact, sometimes, the end result is even better than what we originally hoped for.

There are several Scaredy Squirrel books and I love all of them. The illustrations, wh
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Robert Beveridge
Mar 29, 2009 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Melanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Kids Can, 2007)

Scaredy Squirrel is back, and despite finding many ways to occupy his time, he's decided he needs a friend. One day he spies a goldfish in the birdbath near the tree (how'd it get there? No idea) and decides that a goldfish would make the perfect friend. He devises a cunning plan to get from the tree to the birdbath, but of course things can't go quite right... I actually liked this one better than the first Scaredy Squirrel book; the
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 04, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
I was afraid that Scaredy Squirrel might be a one hit wonder book, but I think I liked this one even more than the first book. I was chortling aloud at times. As a dog lover, I loved the dog in this book. Scaredy Squirrel is a wonderful character and Mélanie Watt is very funny, a good writer and illustrator, and I’m looking forward to reading books three and four.

As with the first book, the author biography and author "photo" illustration on the back inside cover of the book are charming and fun
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sweet pea
Feb 27, 2008 sweet pea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: les-enfants
damn. do i love me some scaredy squirrel. i love his neuroses. i love his planning. i love his map and checklist. i love his new friend.

the drawings are bold and fun. godzilla has never looked so good. the book has enough elements to make it fun for adults and littles. the various lists and maps allow for a quick story or added exploration. although i am unsure if i would want to be friends with scaredy squirrel myself (i count both a walrus and a several beavers as friends), i am nevertheless
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John Beeler
Jul 29, 2009 John Beeler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sharedwithcosi
In describing this to my wife after reading it to Cosi, my three year old, I realized that it is a moral tale for geeky kids. The way that Watt narrates the story is not so much by illustrations as lists, charts, diagrams, and maps.

Which helps!

After reading it, Cosi looked me in the eyes and said, "Daddy, I want to go in the book!" I think that's about as fine a compliment as one can give a book.
Vadim
Bought the book on Kobo, but it would not open. After a couple hours of unsuccessfully attempts to sync and a few conversations with support it was established that this book is incompatible with Kobo reader. Kobo, however, will NOT refund me the money, they'd only give me a store credit that I may be able to use for something but not for downloading books on kobo wireless e-reader. Do not download this book on Kobo, you will lose your money and will not get it back!
Edward Sullivan
Sep 06, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Finding a friend is not easy for the paranoid but loveable little rodent.
Joy Lane
Nov 06, 2016 Joy Lane rated it it was amazing
AR level 3.0 and .05 pts. good for an ER (and funny)
Jenn Swanson
Oct 06, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
An anxiety ridden squirrel tries to make a friend. Scaredy Squirrel has it's eyes set on a goldfish because what is safer than a goldfish? However, this squirrel ends up with a different friend that while not 100% safe is at least fun. My daughter enjoyed this book quite a bit. I thought it was adorable as well. Would recommend.
Veronica Wolkan
Title: Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Author: Melanie Watt
Illustrator:
Genre: Online book (tumblebook)
Theme(s): Friendship, bravery
Opening line/sentence: Scaredy Squirrel doesn’t have a friend.
Brief Book Summary: Scaredy Squirrel ventures out to make a friend and he has his eye on a safe fish! He tries to make the perfect first impression gathering various items such as a lemon and a name tag. To his surprise, a giant dog wants to befriend him and Scaredy Squirrel is unsure about this!
Professiona
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Bertie  Moore
Oct 02, 2016 Bertie Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute!

I liked it! I was looking for a great read for the next visit s it with grandkids. Chose by subject mostly for self. Great quick message! Thanks.
Angel
Mar 26, 2016 Angel added it
he got an adenda to remind him that he has to do something when its ...more
David
Dec 17, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel) by Mélanie Watt is the sequel to Scaredy Squirrel with the ever-cautious Scaredy in careful, well-planned search mode for a safe friend.

Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. Once he's spotted a perfectly safe candidate, Scaredy's ready. Armed with a name tag, mittens, a mirror and a lemon, he's prepared to make The Perfect First Impression. But Scaredy's Action Plan takes a surprising turn when he spots an unexpected animal in h
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Paige
Oct 15, 2015 Paige rated it liked it
Scaredy Squirrel written and illustrated by Melanie Watt

This story is about a girl who lives a very boring ordinary life. Scaredy Squirrel is too afraid to leave his tree so he never does. The story goes through the pros and cons of living in the tree all the time. It also goes on to explain what he is afraid of. One day, his emergency kit falls out of the tree so he jumps after it. This is when he realizes that he is a flying squirrel. After this, he realizes the unknown is not so scary and so
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Arielle
Oct 26, 2012 Arielle rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: Primary (1st-3rd grade)
Reading level: 1st
Genre: Fiction
Main Characters: Scaredy Squirrel
Setting: Scaredy Squirrel’s Tree
Author: Melanie Watt
POV: from Scaredy Squirrel

This book is about Scaredy Squirrel who never sleeps at night. Scaredy refuses to sleep because he is too scared of being attacked by dragons, ghosts, vampire bats, and poke-a-dotted monsters. To stay up he occupies his time by counting stares, playing the cymbals, and doing other time keeping activities. He
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Cathy
Mar 10, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cathy by: Scaredy Squirrel
That lovable little worrywart is back. And he's as scaredy as ever! In his latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he's spotted a perfectly safe candidate (with no teeth or germs), 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 ...more
Oona
Sep 07, 2016 Oona rated it it was amazing
My six year old loves these series. I love how the "best friend" ends up being a dog. My six year old and I were guessing this dog is a beagle, like our Lucas.
Kristilyn
Jan 13, 2012 Kristilyn rated it really liked it
Another instalment in the Scaredy Squirrel series, by Canadian author, Melanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is about our favourite little squirrel, Scaredy, and his adventures to add a little company to his life.

As usual, Scaredy Squirrel is scared, scared, scared, and makes a great plan to leave his home to find this friend. As usual, he has a contingency plan set up and, as usual, nothing goes according to plan.

Full of more fantastic illustrations by Watt, this book teaches us that th
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Shannon
Mar 20, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
05/09: Scaredy is one endearing squirrel. He's cautious, to say the least, but he manages to meet a friend... despite himself.

Amazon Book Description:
That lovable little worrywart is back. And he's as scaredy as ever! In his latest adventure, 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
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Edward Creter
Scaredy Squirrel needs a friend to c all his own in this wonderful addition to the Scaredy squirrel canon. he thinks it's "safer" to befriend the neighborhood goldfish...and runs into a cute dog instead! OH NOOOO! A kind and loving dog! How Frightening! Even Godzilla (shown here as a cute rendering, which I'm sure Toho did NOT intend!) is not as frightening as a sweet, lovable pooch. And WHY? Cos love is scarier than any horror film! Ooooo, deep, huh? Yet after SS plays dead, he wakes up to the ...more
Rosa Cline
Feb 24, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This book was written more in the comic book type more so than the original Scaredy Squirrel. The illistrations are good and clear not super jumbled up; I'm just not a fan of comic book type layouts for story books. This story would be better for older children that can read themselves. And they probably would laugh at Scaredy's antics at trying to find that perfect friend when he comes across a friend that wasn't on his list he's unsure what to do but he figures it all out and finds that even ...more
Cammym
Jun 26, 2010 Cammym rated it really liked it
This sequel to Scaredy Squirrel is just as delightful as the original. Though Scaredy Squirrel has branched out by discovering that he can occasionally leave his tree without encountering aliens and killer bees, he is still a little nervous about meeting new friends. He comes up with a plan to befriend the nearby goldfish who lives in the birdbath, while avoiding any wayward sharks and dogs who like to bite. But as we know, things do not always go according to plan for Scaredy Squirrel. Through ...more
Teri
May 22, 2016 Teri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Watt writes such a great book with so many things to love in Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend. I was immediately drawn in by the variety in the displays in the book. Scaredy has a map to find his friend. Lists of animals to be afraid. An illustration of all the necessary items needed to make a friend. Beyond the variety, it is a great book about the joy of finding unexpected friends and overcoming being nervous.

For teachers -- We could use this as a social lesson at the beginning of the year abou
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Rukshana Begum
May 05, 2013 Rukshana Begum rated it really liked it
Scaredy Squirrel is happy to be alone then risk meeting someone dangerous. When he spots a goldfish, he thinks the goldfish will make a perfect friend as the goldfish does not have any teeth and its clean. Scaredy Squirrel plans 'how to make the perfect first impression' when meeting someone new. He even prepares himself a name tag.But his plans do not quite seem to go as he wanted it to. He does make a new friend but it's not the goldfish, it's a dog. Scaredy Squirrel soon realises how much fun ...more
Luann
Jul 18, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Lisa Vegan
Shelves: picture-book, 2011
WARNING: You must brush your teeth with germ-fighting toothpaste before reading this review! (Ha! Couldn't resist!)

There are so many PERFECT little details in the Scaredy Squirrel stories! While this second book follows pretty much the same pattern as the first, it still feels quite unique and so clever that I didn't feel bored with it at all. I LOVE what happens when Scaredy Squirrel's "perfect" plan for making a friend goes awry. So far, Scaredy Squirrel's ultimate plan of "if all else fails,
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Emma
Scaredy Squirrel never seems to disappoint me! These books are all so cute and fun. This is probably one of my most favorite ones though. Scaredy Squirrel decides that the perfect friend is a goldfish. Why? Because they are germ-free and don't have any teeth, of course. But Scaredy Squirrel's plans to obtain this friend don't go quite as he had planned out. After all, sometimes we find friends in unexpected places. This is a great read if you are looking for a good laugh. Scaredy's risk test was ...more
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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 ...more
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