Reviews for Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas

Booklist Reviews 2012 December #2
Nervous Scaredy Squirrel returns, this time worried about the Christmas holidays. And why not? He has to figure out what gifts to buy, how to decorate, what to wear. All these worries (and more!) result in a packed little book, illustrated with all sorts of wacky ideas. For instance, he divides his gift recipients into types along with appropriate presents. Silent fellows like the lawn gnome get earmuffs. Mythical pals, like unicorns, get a horoscope book. Some of the humor may be above the heads of the intended audience, but the sheer volume of silly stuff means there's probably something for everyone. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Scaredy Squirrel sees only the dangers posed by Christmas: a suspicious-looking Santa, the Abominable Snowman, sharp-edged ornaments, to name a few. This is his safety guide to avoiding these and other perils. Though this droll book is longer than the previous ones and in chapter format, fans of the neurotic squirrel will find the amusement they expect, but they won't find a plot.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
Scaredy Squirrel, star of his own wildly popular series of humorous stories about his neurotic life, offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to getting through the holiday season in a safe, sane and germ-free fashion. Previous Scaredy Squirrel stories provided a story in addition to safety tips and charts of potential dangers and caveats. This Christmas-themed collection has a preface and eight short chapters with lists, charts, diagrams, tips and instructions, but there is no story and no way of understanding Scaredy Squirrel and his lovable ways without familiarity with his other books. Of course, a name like Scaredy Squirrel and an introductory warning to "put on mittens before reading this safety guide" do give some clues, but kids who don't know Scaredy already might need some explanation of his personality in order to get the humor. Chapters include guides to decorations, sweets, gifts, characters, pet peeves, fun and Scaredy's last resort for dire straits: playing dead. Each item is amusing on its own, but an entire book of ironic humor about the holidays is a bit much and might be better enjoyed in small doses. Spot illustrations of Scaredy with his earnest grin are sprinkled throughout, along with small illustrations for the many charts and lists. Fans of the series might enjoy this; others can keep calm and carry on. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 1-3--Scaredy Squirrel goes to great lengths to help other scaredies avoid the pitfalls of Christmas in this fully illustrated guide. He lists the necessary equipment to survive such terrors as shopping traffic, stress, avalanches, runaway toboggans, and even the abominable snowman. (It is suggested that readers start amassing safety gear in August, so as not to be caught off guard). Additional tips are offered on the topics such as decorating, building a gingerbread house, and wrapping gifts. There are ideas on what to buy for difficult individuals, fun (yet safe) activities for holiday parties, surefire ways to identify Santa and other icons of the season, and a list of mistletoe scenarios to avoid. The main thing to remember is to always have a plan-and if that doesn't work, play dead! The goofy, grinning squirrel appears center stage pretty much throughout and adds to the high spirits. Clever holiday amusement for fans of this lovable, if a bit neurotic, cartoon character.--Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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