Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel is back! This time he wants to stay far away from camping outside, much happier to watch a TV show ABOUT camping. Unfortunately though, he needs to plug his TV in for it to work. So he has to find an electrical outlet which means heading outside and into the campground. As always, Scaredy plans his trip carefully. He lists what he is scared of, packs important survival supplies, picks out a wilderness outfit to keep himself safe from things like nasty odors and bugs, and has a map of his mission timed to the minute. But things do not go as planned, showing Scaredy that sometimes it’s not about the plan itself but the journey on which it takes you.
Watt has a wonderful comedic timing that she displays in all of her Scaredy Squirrel and Chester books. It is all about those moments of hesitation that make the humor all the more funny. Scaredy is a great character with his obsessive planning and worrying. Many children will see themselves in Scaredy and also be able to see the humor as well. As always, the illustrations are clear, clean and add to the fun.
Another great book in a strong series, this one is perfectly timed for spring and summer camp outs. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.
It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! by Warren Hanson, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Mrs. Jolly Bones has specific tasks that she does each day of the week, but you will be surprised at how she works! Monday is laundry day. She starts normally enough with sorting the clothes, washing them, drying them, ironing them. But then she flings them out the window and decorates the street! On Tuesday it is gardening day and that one ends in a similar way. Wednesday is cleaning day and my she works hard. It all looks so normal until you find out where Mrs. Jolly Bones takes her bath. The week continues on in this silly fashion with shopping on Thursday, baking day on Friday, friends over on Saturday, and resting on Sunday. They are all done in surprising and striking fashion.
Hanson has written a rhyming story that has just enough of a lilt and a rhythm to add to the silliness of the entire book. This is a wild frolic of a book that needs that gentle sway and not more. The humor is entirely over the top, much to my great joy. Hanson takes jokes all the way, ending up with surprises and humor that will have children howling. It is the type of book that simply must be shared.
Tusa’s illustrations have her signature style to them, resulting in a book where the humor is spot on and the pictures have a cheery, bright quality all their own. They are done in subdued colors with primarily white backgrounds, making the action pop.
A kindred spirit to Amelia Bedelia, this humor doesn’t rely on wordplay so Mrs. Jolly Bones makes a great early friend for silly kids. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.