Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping, by Mélanie Watt (2013)

Genre: Picture Book
Interest Level: 4-7
Scaredy Squirrel Goes CampingAward-winning Canadian illustrator and children’s author Mélanie Watt returns to enchant us with the delightfully wary and timid Scaredy Squirrel. This time, Scaredy is petrified by the prospect of going out into … the woods. Even though he lives in a tree. The great outdoors, Scaredy is quick to point out to readers, contains wicked dangers like mosquitoes, quicksand, and the ever-dreaded penguin, sure to be found wherever there’s a cooler. Because camping, of course, means coolers. Scaredy again demonstrates his firm belief that a prepared squirrel is a safe squirrel, loading up with rations and supplies, working on his fitness level and taking some practice obstacle runs before his foray into the forest. The delight is in the details with Scaredy, and children will enjoy exploring the illustrations on their own as well as with parents and grandparents, discovering more with each read. And those of us who love camping will enjoy sharing the realization that Scaredy makes about the great outdoors. Though the illustrations are not ideal for group presentation, I would still give it a try. Pair this one with A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee and you have a great base for a summertime family storytime.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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