Book Review: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel Series Title 8

by DerdriuMarriner

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas is title #8 in Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel series. The Kids Can Press picture book shares a Canadian flying squirrel's holiday fun.

Scaredy Squirrel always enjoys fun-filled, happy, safe holidays:

As Scaredy Squirrel series title #8, Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas attributes to Canada’s beloved flying squirrel savvy holiday food and fun.

The 2013-released publication predictably begins with:
• front flap with plot summary and reader suitability advisory (excluding nutcrackers);
• prefatory pages with pre-storytime behavior modification (handling with mittens); and
• rear flap with biographical extract modeling relevant experiences (downside of finding perfect party-wear, shopping at the last minute, shoveling snow versus upside of decorations, festivities, music) and fears (mistletoe around anthills, cacti, carnivorous plants, drooling Chihuahuas, frozen metal, high-voltage robots, non-tooth-brushers, piranha ponds, shark tank) preceding self-portrait at work amid wall art.

Its preface and eight chapters configure a chapter book and safety guide with pictures for scaredies.




Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) on nightly visit for suet.

Southside, Etowah county, northeastern Alabama
Southside, Etowah county, northeastern Alabama

Scaredy Squirrel never forgets manners while having fun


The preface describes Scaredy as:

  • avoiding consulting the guide around bathtubs, germs, killer bees, monsters, vampire bats, volcanoes;
  • disliking danger, eye contact, germs, paper cuts, unknown;
  • liking fire extinguishers, fire-retardant clothes, fire-roasted nuts, hard hats, rubber gloves, safety goggles and kits;
  • pondering horoscopes, with his sign Libra of September 23 to October 23 weighing gift-giving cons and pros; and
  • quizzing readers panicking over decorations, fruit cakes, germs, holidays, reindeer, snow, trees.

Chapter #1 encourages training for:

  • budgeting by weighing piggy banks;
  • crafting by finger-stretching;
  • eating sweets by flossing;
  • focusing by checking vision;
  • singing by taking lessons;
  • standing in lines by tread-milling, weight-lifting; and
  • surviving germs and snowstorms with anti-bacterial soap, chamomile tea, hockey helmets, soup, St. Bernard.  


A Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in the branches of a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) tree.

Caldwell County, northwestern North Carolina
Caldwell County, northwestern North Carolina

Scaredy Squirrel gets the funnest decorations, foods, gifts


Chapter #2 furnishes information on decorations with:

  • crafting paper chains with rounded scissors;
  • donning football helmets against falling ornaments, mittens against paper cuts, painter’s suits against messes;
  • knitting Christmas stockings; and
  • selecting non-poisonous, non-real berries, rounded ornaments, and solar-powered lights.

Chapter #3 gives convenience ratings of:

  • candy canes;
  • Christmas logs;
  • fruit cakes, which are long-lasting and re-giftable; and
  • gingerbread houses.

It also has suggestions about setting up sweets tables accessed by traffic flow-directing safety cones; covered by green-and-red plaid tablecloths; inimical to double-dipping; and laden with guest toothbrushes, hand-wipes, napkins, round-edged cutlery.

Chapter #4 indicates that perfect gift-giving matches presents with personalities:

  • elusive;
  • friendly, funny;
  • grumpy;
  • hairy, hard-headed;
  • mystical;
  • outdoorsy;
  • scaredy, sensitive, silent;
  • transparent;
  • uptight; and
  • workaholic. 


Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) young'un

Lac Notre-Dame, Montfort, Wentworth-Nord, Québec, eastern Canada
Lac Notre-Dame, Montfort, Wentworth-Nord, Québec, eastern Canada

Scardy Squirrel helps Santa and snow-angels feel appreciated


Chapter #5 judges as welcoming Santa’s Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Rudolph, and Vixen air conditioning, cookies and milk, poinsettias, unlighted fireplaces, and welcome mats.

Chapter #6 keeps off gift-giving:

  • anything beeping, rattling, tick-tocking;
  • coal lumps;
  • Jack-in-the-boxes;
  • present-packed bags, stockings; and
  • robots.

Chapter #7 lists as critical -- after manners -- to set-up and take-down:

  • coasters;
  • fire extinguishers;
  • ocean-sounding music discouraging scuffed floors and upended furniture; and
  • plastic furniture covers.

Chapter #8 mentions playing dead snow-angels.

So Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas nudges four-year-olds to eight-year-olds, pre-kindergarteners to third-graders into culturally enriching educational entertainment with: 

  • Kids Can Press Ltd.; 
  • Paramount Printing Co. Ltd.; and 
  • Mélanie Watt, Potato Cut-set text's acrylic and charcoal-penciled artwork designer/jacket illustrator/writer. 


Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies by Mélanie Watt ~ available via Amazon

'Tis the season for worrying, planning, decorating, wrapping, entertaining, carolling and, worst of all, fruitcake! Scaredy Squirrel returns with a quirky safety guide.
Scaredy Squirrel series



My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.


Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans) enjoy a nocturnal life style.

Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans)
Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans)

Sources Consulted: Scardy Squirrel books sell in English and French


Watt, Mélanie. 2013. Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas. Scaredy Squirrel Series Title #8. Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Tonawanda, NY, USA: Kids Can Press. 


A Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in the branches of a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) tree.

Caldwell County, northwestern North Carolina
Caldwell County, northwestern North Carolina
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

Northern Flying Squirrel, flying ~ poster available via AllPosters

Northern Flying Squirrel Flying

Me and my purrfectly purrfect Maine coon kittycat, Augusta "Gusty" Sunshine

Gusty and I thank you for reading this article and hope that our product selection interests you; Gusty Gus receives favorite treats from my commissions.
DerdriuMarriner, All Rights Reserved
DerdriuMarriner, All Rights Reserved
Updated: 10/16/2021, DerdriuMarriner
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