Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

by Jennifer


He’s ba-ack. Yes, the little squirrel who is a little fearful about trying new things is back with an all new obstacle to hurdle. He’s tackled getting out of his tree, making a friend, going to the beach, and nightmares. With those fears conquered, he’s decided to have a birthday party.

At first, he decides that he’s just going to invite one person — himself — because he can manage that. But then he gets an early birthday card from his friend Buddy the dog (star my very favorite book in the series Scary Squirrel Makes a Friend), and decides that he would like to invite his friend. Because he’s inviting a friend, he needs to be prepared with good conversation starters to use and not so good ones to avoid (like suggesting a breath mint). It’s funny, but honestly as a parent, I try to coach my kids in how to make and develop friendships all the time, and the idea is a valid one.

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party by Melanie Watt brings us more of Scaredy’s delightful humor and fearful bravery. The formula is exactly the same as in the previous four books, but I haven’t tired of it at all. Why fix what isn’t broken?

I’m going to have to give Scaredy Squirrel and his creator Melanie Watt a spot on our 5 Star Reads list with this one.

Jennifer Donovan loves to hear her children laugh, and Scaredy Squirrel does the trick. She blogs at Snapshot.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Marie Mary March 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

The name alone pulled me in, from your tweet – sounded totally cute! But wow – what a GREAT series of books! They sound awesome!


2 Jennifer March 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Thanks! Yes, totally great, and so relevant to young kids.

People even give the original one (about just being afraid to go out into the world) as Graduation gifts.


3 Lisa Marie Mary March 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Oh the graduation idea is a wonderful idea! I love it!!!! (I have a 12th grader next year, too!)


4 Lisa Marie Mary March 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I need the Scaredy Squirrel Mama Lets Her Firstborn Go book! Haha!


5 Carrie, Reading to Know March 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Congratulations. =D I know how much you all love these books!


6 Jennifer March 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Yeah — Scaredy Squirrel is my Facebook friend, and I saw something about it a few weeks ago, and I thought, “How could I not know that a new one is coming out???”

I remedied that quickly.


7 Dawn March 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I know Scaredy Squirrel holds a special place in your heart, and I have to agree that he’s an adorable and lovable character! Looking forward to finding this one at the library. :)


8 Nancy March 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

I had the same reaction when I saw that Scaredy had a new book coming out! And imagine my chagrin when I found that my library didn’t even have it in their database, so I requested they purchase it. I just checked again and they finally ordered it, though it’s not in yet. I’m on the list though for when it does come in.


9 Erin March 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks for the great review and support for Scaredy Squirrel!

Kids Can Press


10 debi jackson March 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the great review and giveaway.


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