This book was recommended to me on Goodreads in the little sidebar based on something else that I had read (I can’t remember what at the moment), and I thought it looked pretty cute. I requested it at the library where I work and decided to take it home to read instead of reading it at work like I usually do (it’s only 40 pages so it took about five seconds).
It’s really cute! Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his tree; it’s safe, has a great view, and has plenty of nuts for him to eat. The rest of the world is unknown and that it way too scary for Scaredy Squirrel. There might be germs or aliens or poison ivy out there, and he’s not going to risk it. But one day something forces him out of the comfort of his tree into the great unknown and Scaredy Squirrel discovers that it might not be so scary after all.
I quite enjoyed the adorable illustrations and diagrams of Scaredy Squirrel’s home, his escape plan in case of dangerous things, the advantages/disadvantages of never leaving his nut tree, and more! Such a cute way to keep kids engaged. I think the little foldout page might’ve been a waste and unnecessary, but kids love that kind of stuff, so it’s a great kids’ book. I’ll be recommending this one for our preschool story time at the library.
As a lover of travel and experiencing new things, I loved this book. You never know what you’re going to find out in the great unknown if you are too scared to leave where you are most comfortable. You might find new places to call home or new friends to cherish or a great multitude of other, wonderful things out there. Go forth and find them!
If Scaredy Squirrel can do it, you can too.
Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Published by Kids Can Press; February 2006
40 pages (hardcover)