Today’s book review is for Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, by Melanie Watt, published by Kids Can Press. I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Get ready for Halloween with Scaredy Squirrel! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is a helpful holiday safety guide brought to you by one lovably neurotic rodent. Scaredy Squirrel is scared of almost everything–from robots, pirates, and vampires to empty bottles of hand sanitizer and cavities–but he’ll still show you how to have a fun Halloween while you laugh at his ridiculous levels of fear.
Watt has a great sense of humor that shines through in her writing and illustration. As I read, I kept giggling and snorting at the advice contained within. Some of it is actually fairly sound advice for kids, but Scaredy Squirrel’s justifications for it are so absurd. I’m certain that children will find it just as entertaining–and easily envisioned my 10-year-old nephew cracking up while I was reading.
Fun infographic-style illustrations are used to convey the advice and information shared by Scaredy Squirrel. I love infographics and found them to be such a clever approach for this book. There are charts, diagrams, checklists, quizzes and more to keep children engaged and amused. All of the illustrations are done in a cute cartoon style, which adds to the absurdity of Scaredy Squirrel’s fears, because there is absolutely nothing in his world that looks scary. Even the vampires and monsters are adorable!
One of the things that I think is cool about this book is that it might make other children feel more comfortable about their own fears. A lot of kids can feel embarrassed about being afraid of things, especially when their peers are not (or at least don’t seem to be). Seeing someone with as many fears as Scaredy Squirrel could help them to feel more normal.
If you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit while having a laugh at the same time, this is a great choice! There are lots of opportunities to discuss rational and irrational fears. There are creative suggestions for fun activities. There are even some legitimate safety suggestions buried among the humor. So, I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars–partly because of the above and partly because I just plain liked it.
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