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Scaredy Squirrel Gets Festive

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I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own opinions.

Another wonderfully fun book by Melanie Watt about a Scaredy Squirrel that got many kids interested in reading. I love the series and I can't wait to gift this festive story to my nieces and nephews.

I can't wait to see what Scaredy Squirrel gets up to next. Also not part of the review, but I was the cool aunt who got to read this before I went into stores, so thank you because I'm rarely the cool aunt

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That Scaredy Squirrel! He's back in time to make his preparations for Christmas. And with a little help, or chaos, from his enthusiastic friends, Scaredy can tick off all the items on his Christmas to-do list, such as:
-making decorations (after an unforeseen gigantic snowball accident)
-decorating, not eating, the tree
-making a gingerbread house, guaranteed to last
-wrapping gifts, with the proper amount of tape
-having a party, and
-ensuring Santa feels welcome

Scaredy might always be super anxious, but he's thoughtful, thorough in his planning, and kind. I've been reading his stories for years, and loved this one, too.

Thank you to Netgalley and to Penguin Random House Canada for this ARC in exchange for my review,

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Thank you NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada, and Tundra Books for access to this arc!

5/5 stars!!

Another funny adventure from Scaredy Squirrel that is sure to delight readers of all ages! This was just so cute, I can't wait to include this with our holiday stock this winter!

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Another amazing story of scaredy squirrel.

Scaredy squirrel is preparing for Christmas since June with a foul proof plan, so what could possibly go wrong?
Scaredy has a plan for everything, from the perfect gift to the best Christmas Eve party with his friends.
Another amazing addition from our favourite anxious but loveable squirrel.

My kids absolutely loved this story tonight and can’t wait to have a physical copy to read near Christmas time!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley for this advance readers copy.

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I have loved every book in the Scaredy Squirrel series and have read them all to my children who are now grown. This one did not disappoint with a wonderful storyline and classic Scaredy Squirrel graphics. This one is sure to be a hit with all the children out there!


Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

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A super fun read for children! Scaredy Squirrel is an all time favourite! Perfect for Christmas time!

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Scaredy Squirrel wants to make sure he and his friends will have the perfect Christmas, but in true Scaredy Squirrel fashion, that is easier said than done. First, all the decorations go missing (you can’t possibly use Halloween decorations for Christmas!) and then there is the task of making sure you get the perfect presents for your friends, based on their likes and dislikes.
At the end, Christmas is saved and a great holiday is had by all!

This newest addition to the Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt is a great addition to every child’s bookshelf, especially when trying to get them into the Christmas spirit.
You may think how this book is different from the previously published book in the Scaredy Squirrel series, where he prepares for Christmas.
The previously published book poses as a guide rather than a story. I think both of these books actually go great together and complement and complete the Christmas editions of Scaredy Squirrel.

My kids and I loved this book and definitely recommend!

Thanks NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the advanced copy!

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Another fun installment in the Scaredy Squirrel series. I love that Scaredy still wants to celebrate the holidays with his friend despite his fears. Despite his plans, everything still worked out perfectly.

Looking forward to banana peels, coconuts, and leprechauns.

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As always, Melanie Watt is on the right track. Her books were favourites with me and my boys when they were little and this is going to make it into some grown up Christmas Stockings when it is on sale later this year. I look forward to it!

I particularly enjoyed the added touches of the FAQ and the Holiday Reader Quiz. The extra details really make it pop. Those really hit me in the funny bone. I do not have any feedback of a negative sort with this one. Keep up the great work!

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Scaredy Squirrel is one of my daughter's favourite series of children's graphic novels. Who wouldn't love reading about a lovable, paranoid and anxious little squirrel who's afraid of everything under the moon. This time, Scaredy is preparing for Christmas ... in June and goes to great length to prepare a fool- proof plan to have the perfect Christmas. What could go wrong?

The illustrations perfectly capture the quirky and humourous tone of the series with equally charming storytelling. Young readers will be entertained from beginning to end.

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This graphic novel would be a great choice for readers who are wanting longer books that aren't too text heavy. It brings a familiar character into a higher age level. Scaredy Squirrel and friends did several activities to prepare for the holidays that are age appropriate for the reader, and there was lots of cute humorous moments.

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🍎Teacher’s Corner🍎

Thank you to Tundra Books for an Advance Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: October 2nd, 2023


Melanie Watt’s “Scaredy Squirrel” series has long been a staple in my classroom. One for establishing form and tropes, kids find Scaredy Squirrel’s adventures into the unknown reassuring and funny, allowing them to look at their own fears and anxieties in a different light. Watt’s character has many recognizable characteristics including a mild paranoia for the unknown like elves, anxieties around known unknowns like germs, catastrophising, and tried and true coping mechanisms: namely, playing dead. In the end, what is most endearing about Scaredy is that he always perseveres and overcomes his fears, trying new things and meeting friends along the way.

With her new graphic novel series, “Scaredy’s Nutty Adventures”, Watt builds onto the world that she has created for Scaredy Squirrel and weaves a more complex and lengthy book which includes more characters and a story that is ultimately more satisfying for Scaredy’s fans. While this series will be appealing to the original target audience (grades 1-4), the humour and interplay between the characters will make it equally appealing to a slightly older audience. “Scaredy Squirrel Gets Festive” will make a great addition to school and classroom libraries and will make a great Christmas gift.

Teacher Tips

A great transition book for children ready to move to lengthier texts while feeling secure in the characters and story concepts.

Highly engaging dialogue, great for exploring humour.

As a class or in small groups, write your own adventures of scaredy squirrel or in the case of the graphic novel, a missing chapter.

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I loved this book! When I approach books, I look at it through the eyes of a reader and then as an educator. As a reader, I loved the story. Scaredy has matured somewhat to handle pivots from (his/her) less than perfect expectations. The humor is constant and engaging as a reader. As a teacher, I see all the possibilities for writing. A great mentor text for captions, frames, to-do lists, t-charts, sequencing, diagrams with labels, how to’s and Q & A. Also, there is a page that breaks down each friend and the best gift for them. This is a great example of character building, looking at character traits. Scaredy Squirrel Gets Festive is an excellent edition to anyone’s shelf, for all ages and especially the young at heart.

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What a super fun cute book!!
My daughter and I both loved it and I will definitely be purchasing a copy to have on hand for the Christmas season, maybe to even gift!
Thank you so much for allowing us to preview it early

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Love the Scaredy Squirrel books and this is no exception. Adorable pictures with a lot of humor! Showed it to one of my students and the review I got immediately after was "best one yet!" If you have a Scaredy Squirrel fan in your house, you'll definitely want to get this book!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

Scared gets festive!! I love it - there are lists and playing dead and maps and of course lots of fun! I can't wait to add this to my kindergarten classroom library!

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