Scaredy Squirrel Gets Festive

Random House Graphic. (Scaredy’s Nutty Adventures). Oct. 2023. 88p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593307618.
Gr 1-3–Scaredy’s knack for planning and generosity make him a great holiday leader for his group of friends. Across six linked chapters, Scaredy and his animal friends Ivy, Tim, and Rash engage in various Christmas-themed activities, each with a twist. From building a gingerbread house (and sealing it so it can’t be ruined) to wrapping gifts (while wearing a shower cap, goggles, and gloves), Scaredy is in control. The occasional surprise frog or germ still sends him reeling, though. All three animal friends are respectful of Scaredy’s methods, even if Tim and Rash are a little reckless with their play. The friendly foursome is drawn as cheerful and inviting as their personalities, with a touch of panic reserved for a turbo-speed chocolate fountain. The charts and diagrams are the cherry (star?) on top, including an opening quiz to determine if readers are too scared of Christmas imagery to continue, a selection of red and green objects that are associated with danger, and of course, Scaredy’s multiple checklists. Scaredy’s knack for composing and demonstrating directions, along with matching others’ qualities to ideal gifts, makes him a great role model for any season.
VERDICT There’s nothing to fear about safely building some Christmas cheer with this title.

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