Scaredy Squirrel is adorable. He’s cute, but a bundle of nerves and worries. This is the first time I’ve met him, but he certainly made me smile and laugh. Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas as a whole, however, has me a little confused.
It’s a cute “make it through Christmas” guide from Scaredy Squirrel’s point of view. It includes a list of safety gear you should start collecting in the summer, including a hocky helmet and a St. Bernard. Scaredy Squirrel has a list of gift ideas for the various “types” on your list, including the transparent one, represented by a ghost, and the grumpy one, the alligator. The illustrations are colorful and fun. I love the pages on Santa and his reindeer and the options for dressing up for a Christmas party, but I don’t understand who the target audience is. It seems like a kids book, but I don’t think young kids would get most of the jokes. It could be a book for neurotic parents who are able to laugh at themselves, but they’ll look at it once, with the kids sitting beside them as an excuse to be reading it, and then I don’t think it’ll get pulled out again. Maybe it’s folks, parents and kids, who are already Scaredy Squirrel fans. It’s not one that would have become a Christmas favorite in my house, even when our daughter was younger.
I don’t want to write Scaredy Squirrel off altogether. I wonder if I would have enjoyed one of the other titles more, like when he has a birthday party. It seems like they may have more of a story-line and I can imagine things spiralling out of control for the poor worry-wart.
2½ out of 5 stars
Category: Christmas – Picture book
Published October 1, 2012 by Kids Can Press
Book source: For review
- Scaredy Squirrel
- Scaredy Squirrel at Night
- Scaredy Squittel at the Beach
- Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
- Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend
- Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
This is my second Visions of Sugar Plums read for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012 hosted by Michelle at The Christmas Spirit.