Book Review: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel Series Title 7

by DerdriuMarriner

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is title #7 in Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel series. The Kids Can Press picture book shares a Canadian flying squirrel's October 31st fun.

Scaredy Squirrel bases Halloween fun on safety first:

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween -- as title #7 -- attests to the super-popularity of the Scaredy Squirrel series. The Halloween-related, 2013-released publication predictably begins with:
• front flap with plot summary and reader suitability advisory (excluding ogres in this case);
• prefatory pages with pre-storytime behavior modification (avoiding full moons, handling by claws, sticky fingers, or tentacles; inter-wall traveling by brooms and dragons); and
• rear flap with biographical extract modeling relevant experiences (downside of being spooked, getting bad candy, removing make-up versus upside of carving jack-o'-lanterns for friendly celebrations and creating costumes) and fears (haunted houses) preceding self-portrait at work amid wall art.

Its preface and eight chapters constitute a picture-filled chapter book and safety guide for scaredies.

*****

Websites:
http://melaniewatt.blogspot.com/p/did-you-know_12.html
http://www.kidscanpress.com/creators/m%C3%A9lanie-watt/223

*****

Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans) are one of only two species of New World flying squirrels:

Distribution of Glaucomys volans species and subspecies
map of United States in North America (relief) (+territories): derivative work by Toter Alter Mann
map of United States in North America (relief) (+territories): derivative work by Toter Alter Mann

Scared Squirrel begins planning for Halloween in summer

 

The preface describes Scaredy as: 

  • disliking danger, germs, and unpredictability; 
  • liking hard hats, lists, plans, rubber gloves, safety goggles and kits; and 
  • quizzing readers Reacting In Panic to fruit bats, haunted houses, pumpkins, and spiderwebs. 

Chapters #1 and #4 exteriorize caution tape-cordoned Halloween obstacle courses of: 

  • carnivorous plants; 
  • cauldrons; 
  • ghost- and goblin-busting high speed-run blenders; 
  • ladders; 
  • sea monster-filled ponds;
  • UFOs;
  • vampire-busting garlic;
  • werewolf-busting doghouses; and
  • witch-busting scarecrows. 

Chapter #2 focuses upon: 

  • carving friendly-faced jack-o'-lanterns; 
  • covering furniture with sheets; 
  • creating spooky sounds with chalkboard-writing, chewing gum-smacking, laundry loads, and television static; 
  • decorating with black bowties, hats, and umbrellas; 
  • propping with orange balls, hard hats, life jackets, and safety cones; and 
  • serving black cakes and orange carrots and popsicles. 

 

Southern Flying Squirrel young'un

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

Scaredy Squirrel never bites into expired, half-eaten treats

 

Chapters #3 and #6 give information on: 

  • fear-gauging scary, terrifying, unscary themed costumes (action, classic, fairytail, hero, humor, science fiction, and villain); 
  • making ping-pong ball-eyed, vacuum hose-limbed spider, safety cone-covered sea urchin, and toilet-papered mummy costumes; and 
  • outsmarting Dracula, Frankenstein, mummies, and witches with brooms, countdowns, mirrors, and twirls. 

Chapter #5 has convenience ratings on chocolate, gum, hard and soft candies, and jellybeans and warnings against expired or half-eaten treats. Chapters #7 and #8 include: 

  • apple-bobbing and trick-or-treating darkened, isolated houses with untamed lawns cautions; 
  • caution tape-outlined playing-dead floor shapes; 
  • costume contests, snakes and ladders board games, tongue twisters, and zombie brain-teasers; 
  • pipe organ gloom-tunes; and 
  • snack tables with devilish eggs, misfortune cookies, monster-mashed potatoes, and sandwitches. 

 

Baby Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus):

Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels are a subspecies of Northern Flying Squirrels found only in the Southern Appalachians where northern hardwood forests give way to spruce-fir forests
Asheville, western North Carolina
Asheville, western North Carolina

Scaredy Squirrel amusingly blends non-scary costumes, foods, props

 

North America's northern and southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus, G. volans) juxtapose spacious bio-geographies with security-oriented, socializing, stay-at-home, thermo-regulating life cycles and natural histories. They know no hibernation even though they venture more cautiously and infrequently away from communal tree-trunk cavities in fall and winter. They live in sylvan predator/prey niches where they prioritize eluding natural enemies and gathering for downtime, forages, mealtimes, and sleep. 

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween provides -- for pre-kindergarteners to third-graders aged 4 to 8 years -- culturally enriching, educationally entertaining adventures with: 

  • Kids Can Press Ltd.'s Mélanie Watt Productions; 
  • Paramount Printing Co.Ltd.'s smyth sewn casebound product; and 
  • Mélanie Watt, author, Potato Cut-set text's acrylic and charcoal-penciled artwork designer and jacket illustrator. 

 

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Mélanie Watt ~ available via Amazon

From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year!
Scaredy Squirrel series

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

 

Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans) test their flying abilities anywhere, any time.

Southern Flying Squirrel in flight.
Southern Flying Squirrel in flight.

Sources Consulted: Scardy Squirrel books sell in English and French

Scaredy Squirrel's Scared of Skiing Skeletons!

 

Watt, Mélanie. 2013. Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween. Scaredy Squirrel Series Title #7. 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

North American Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans)

North American Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans)

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: 03/16/2015, DerdriuMarriner
 
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