Received as a ARC copy for a unbiased review from NetGalley.
Scaredy Squirrel is in fact scared of everything. He is extremely careful, responsible and generally sees threats everywhere we most likely would not. In this installment of the Scaredy Squirrel series, we look at Halloween, and the various ways to have safe fun while celebrating such a fearsome holiday!
The book goes over good ideas for costumes complete with a scare-o-meter (vampire, mummy, a nut) and various games that can be played when holding a Halloween Party (costume party, IQ tests based on Halloween related topics). The style of the book is humorous, with a hint of common sense. Remember kids, education on the dangers around you make you a informed person but don’t let it stop you from having SAFE fun!
The book also instructs kids the woes of candy collection: how big your bag should be, how you should have an adult (Food Quality Control Specialist) check your candy to make sure its edible. There is even a section on carving your own pumpkin, which is both informative and entertaining for all ages while using safe tools for the creation (flashlight instead of candles, brilliant!).
The reader is also told the strengths and weaknesses of each classic monster so that, when trick or treating, we can fight back the creatures of the night that run amok on All Hallows Eve.
In all, Scaredy Squirrel has done it again, combining sensibility and humor to create something beautiful. Children will learn about Halloween, and the basic necessary knowledge surrounding the holiday, while adults will get a kick out of the word switching to subtly change the meanings of sentences to add another level of humor for the parents reading to their children. The author attempts to appeal to every reader, and succeeds fantastically.