Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies

Mélanie Watt. Kids Can, $17.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-894786-87-4

Who better than Scaredy Squirrel to educate readers about the safest ways to survive Halloween? In eight brief chapters, Scaredy explains how best to carve pumpkins (don’t use an ax or chainsaw, and “always go with a friendly look”), decorate one’s home (stick to “unscary” black and orange items like top hats and popsicles), pick a costume, and host a party (“Pipe organ music makes a great soundtrack for dancing. The very gloomy tempo will slow festivities down”). And if things get too scary, there’s always the most Halloween-worthy defense mechanism of all: playing dead. The timid and brave alike will laugh their way through this holiday addition to Watt’s series. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)