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From the Scaredy's Nutty Adventures series, volume 3

by Mélanie Watt ; illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2023
ISBN: 9780593307618
Publisher: Random House Graphic

Scaredy Squirrel wants to have the PERFECT Christmas…if only his friends would cooperate.

Scaredy Squirrel starts preparing for the holidays in July. “He makes a list and checks it way more than twice.” When December arrives, Scaredy is ready, and his friends want to help with the plans, but when Tim and Rash try to toboggan down a mountain, they accidentally snowball and end up destroying all the decorations. After Scaredy’s pals make several horrible and humorous suggestions for substitute decorations, Ivy has the perfect solution: hanging red and green Ping-Pong balls on the tree. The friends even set up a security detail to protect the tree from nutcrackers, “mobs of last-minute shoppers,” and elves. Short chapters with brief speech bubbles keep the action moving as Scaredy’s list for holiday preparations is completed. Holiday treats are baked, a gingerbread house is constructed, gifts are thoughtfully selected and wrapped, a Christmas Eve party is planned and enjoyed (sort of), and treats are left for Santa and the reindeer. Humor is threaded throughout all the preparations—Tim wants to “trim” the tree by removing branches with his beaver teeth, and hilariously precise, step-by-step plans will encourage kids to create their own decorations and gingerbread houses.

Sure to make the season a little merrier, no matter what plans readers have.

(Graphic fiction. 6-8)