Review: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt

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scaredy squirrel prepares for halloweenTitle: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween
Author:
Melanie Watt
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel
Genre:
Picture book
Source:
Won from Publisher (Hardcover)

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From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone’s favorite worrywart.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s Scaredy Squirrel. Really, I think he’s Canada’s most loved squirrel. Especially when you think about the real life squirrels who run around — they can be a nuisance (like when they come down your chimney. But that’s a story for another day.)!

Whenever I see books about Scaredy preparing for an event, like Christmas or Halloween, I nod in agreement. With Halloween, especially, there are PLENTY of things to be scared about. Not only do you have monsters frolicking about, the threat of zombies and vampires, but there are also plenty of SAFETY hazards one should be concerned about.

And, like any good emergency plan, it’s always good to have that final bit of advice: If all else fails, play dead.

This book was so much fun. I’m a huge lover of Halloween, so it was fun to see Scaredy getting in the Halloween spirit, letting his readers know about safety hazards, candy hazards, and just plain scary hazards. This is the perfect kind of book to share with your kids because it’s a fun way to introduce them to the holiday and let them know that there are actual dangers that can exist out there (even if vampires and zombies aren’t really real).

Another great addition to the Scaredy Squirrel series, this one is fun for families of all ages!

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Review: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

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scaredy squirrel goes campingTitle: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Author:
Melanie Watt
Series:
Scaredy Squirrel
Date(s) read:
March 4, 2013
Genre:
Picture book
Source:
Publisher / Netgalley

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Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping ? unless it’s on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart’s plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?

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Thank you to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

I absolutely LOVE Scaredy Squirrel, so when I saw this book up on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it! I’ve read all of the books in the series and find myself smiling with each one. Scaredy Squirrel is the cutest little character and offers wonderful advice to ALL readers.

As usual, the drawings and colours are spot on! Melanie Watt is a wonderful artist and I love all of her renditions of this little squirrel. The idea of him going camping was fun since camping is SUCH a dangerous activity and we all know that our little squirrel doesn’t like any activity that might be dangerous (I mean, those zippers can be VERY hazardous!).  Continue reading

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), by J. K. Rowling

Date(s) listened: August 28, 2012
Genre: MG Fantasy

Audiobook Notes
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Series
1. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone Amazon | Goodreads
2. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

SYNOPSIS
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

My Thoughts
I originally wasn’t thinking I’d write a review about J. K. Rowling’s amazing first book to her equally amazing Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the second I started listening to it, I knew I had to write something.

Yes, I listened to this one on audio. I had read this series in university, starting when the fourth book came out. I remember making fun of a friend of mine who was reading the books because they were MG books – kids books. I could never enjoy these! Continue reading