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|Scaredy squirrel prepares for Halloween|
Author: Watt, Melanie
Scaredy Squirrel returns with practical tips and nutty instructions to help readers prepare for a perfect Halloween.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 61409
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/13)
School Library Journal (12/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2013 K-Gr 3—In eight humorous, engaging chapters, Scaredy Squirrel shares a multitude of survival strategies for the holiday by cleverly organizing visual and textual information in the format of a nonfiction book, including a table of contents. A preface notes that "it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!" One tip is a "vacant doghouse gives the illusion that your home is well guarded" and another suggests using "garlic to stink out vampires!" A chapter on costumes suggests layering outfits for warmth, gives directions for making silly costumes, and offers ratings for "unscary, scary, and terrifying" costumes in categories such as "Classics," "Humor," "Fairy Tale," and "Science Fiction." "Halloween Candy" categorizes types of sweets and recommends that an adult inspect candy before a child eats it. Other chapters cover party planning and other activities and offer detailed instructions for playing dead "to confuse predators." Watt's humorous illustrations done with charcoal pencil and Photoshop, along with the witty text, will keep readers coming back to each spread. Use this to discuss parts of a nonfiction book; the difference between fiction and nonfiction; to supplement lessons on charts, sorting, and organization; and to develop and discuss strategies to cope with fearful situations. This essential addition to holiday collections will be of interest all year long.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.