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Scaredy Squirrel

(Scaredy Squirrel #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  14,550 ratings  ·  797 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, un ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Kids Can Press (first published January 10th 2006)
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Awesome children's series!

This is a great book for both big and little children. (That includes adults too!) Scaredy Squirrel, in a magical way, learns a very important lesson in life. The illustrations are whimsical ! This book is the first in a series so be sure to check out the others also. You won't be disappointed! 😉📘
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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! ...more
— nova
maybe i am scaredy squirrel
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Aug 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Crystal Marcos
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
My almost 2 yr old daughter and I read this one together. She enjoyed it as much as I did for different reasons. She is too young to really get the story, but she definitely enjoyed the illustrations. I loved Scaredy's cheesy smile! The layout of the book made it even more fun to read. I will revisit this humorous tale when she is older and would get the message about conquering your fears. I look forward to reading more Scaredy books. ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm often timid, anxious, and fretful, but not clinically phobic. I love this book and find it inspiring. The advice is to just add one adventure to my life, take one risk at a time; maybe I'll discover that I can 'fly' too. ...more
Kajwan Abehesht
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple and clear it tells the story of our mental fears and their impact on our lives.
Highly recommended to all politicians and generals!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Timid Children / Young Squirrel Lovers / Anyone Who Enjoys Humorous Picture-Books
The unknown can be a scary place for a squirrel," but the hero of Mélanie Watt's hilarious Scaredy Squirrel thinks he has it all under control. Unwilling to risk running into: green Martians, killer bees, tarantulas, poison ivy, germs, or sharks, he never leaves his tree, keeping to the same schedule every day. In the unlikely event that he is forced to evacuate, he has a contingency plan that is full-proof. Or is it...?

With engaging text and simple but appealing charcoal and acrylic illustratio
This was the first of Melanie Watt's book to be read in our grandma reads session.

Only one had previously been introduced to this book, and just about busted open to spill the secret, but points to him, he withheld and the surprise was sprung as the author intended. A great book for littles (under 8), and great for having the tables turn in a 1-on-1 and having the kid-listener re-read back to the storytelling-reader, for practice and bonding.

Scaredy has a lot of concerns about controlling his li
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Luann by: Lisa (not getting friends updates) 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
Shawn Deal
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Here come the most prepared, or even most, overly prepared squirrel ever. With every contingency mapped and thought out a head of time, this squirrel plans to leave its tree. Humorous and cute and very enjoyable little book.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very funny, cute little squirrel! Great lesson for kids!
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am the fat middle aged human version of Scaredy Squirrel.
Payal Sachdeva
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved the collective nouns used in the book , comprehensible for kids !
I'm not trying to be dramatic here, but I'd die for Scaredy Squirrel. ...more
Emerson and Theodore
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book that tackles the issue of anxiety in a child appropriate way. Scaredy squirrel is anxious about life outside his tree. He does the same things at the same times (book also helps teach time), eats the same things, and is scared of anything new. Until one day.....scaredy squirrel learns that he can have a great adventure by breaking his routine...a little bit. Cute story.
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, turkeybird
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
La Coccinelle
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I was hoping I'd enjoy this, but unfortunately it's kind of problematic. Even the title is insulting.

Scaredy Squirrel has a lot of phobias. He reads like someone with anxiety or OCD. He's agoraphobic. He's constantly worrying about things that aren't likely to happen (like getting attacked by a shark). For all of this, he's slapped with the epithet "Scaredy". Now, I don't know about you, but that's bordering on offensive name-calling. Would it be okay to name a character with cerebral palsy Spas
Katt Hansen
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A highly relatable story about fear and the hold it can have on you. A good book to read with the timid. BUT it's also a good book for those who live with those who are anxious. I see a lot more to this book than what's originally intended for the younger audience. Living with anxiety I relate to the need for routine and sameness, and also the frustration of being trapped in that loop. It will be interesting to see what else the series has to offer. ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Kindergarten class looooves Scaredy Squirrel now. So much fun to read with them!
Jennifer B.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very cute start to the series.
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Cute, funny, quirky. A great read for kiddos.
Nancy Kotkin
Text: 5 stars
Illustrations: 5 stars

Brilliant picture book about a squirrel who feels fearful and anxious towards life, so he copes by trying to control every single possibility. But when an unexpected situation arises, he learns that he has a more adventurous spirit then he realized, and his body is equipped for it as well.

The book is full of Scaredy Squirrel's lists, checklists, diagrams, schedules, maps, plans, and instructions. Simple iconic illustrations complement the text perfectly.
Scaredy Squirrel has a contingency plan for every emergency that might arise in the woods -including sharks and green Martians! But one day he makes a discovery that dramatically changes his world view and his daily routine - one that makes him a little less frightened of what might be out there. The quirky humor in this is great, the charcoal pencil and acrylic artwork is fantastic, and kids will love Scaredy and his adventure. Great read-along for elementary school readers. A School Library Jo ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
super cute kids book. Could be a great tool for kids with anxiety (even big kids like me) lol
Juliana Shoopack
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
its super cute my 3 year old brother and me love reading it together!
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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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