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. Volume XIX Number 13. . . .November 30, 2012
Scaredy Squirrel is preparing children for a Christmas season that can be fraught with peril in the latest title from the popular "Scaredy Squirrel" series that has now spawned a children's television series and merchandise including a Scaredy Squirrel puppet, one of which I am a proud owner. The book is formatted slightly differently from past Scaredy fare in that it doesn't have a story but includes a preface and eight chapters with titles like "Christmas Decorations," "Christmas Pet Peeves" and "Holiday Sweets" that take children through Scaredy's dos and don'ts for the holiday. Promo information touts it as a "quirky safety guide filled with practical tips and nutty step-by-step instructions to help readers prepare for a perfect Christmas."
As seen from the excerpt, Mélanie Watt's holiday offering for young children reads more like a humorous guide for adults. There is the usual Scaredy Squirrel fare – cautionary tips from Scaredy, Scaredy's usual list of villainous creatures to stay away from, and checklists to make Christmas both safe and fun. Most of the subject matter, though, will be understood by adults who may spend some time explaining the references to the children to whom they read. Older children in Grades 3 and up may start to understand things like Christmas sweaters, airport security and preppy, but the personality types listed in the shopping section will likely only be understood by adults, and children will miss the humour.
Recommended with reservations.
Jill Griffith is the Youth Services Manager at Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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