The Scaredy Cats

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The Scaredy Cats is a 2003 children's picture book by Barbara Bottner.

Plot[edit]

The Scaredy Cat parents wakes up in the morning, they can't function because they are scared of things that could possibly happen. The Scaredy Cats live through a day of fear.[1]

Reception[edit]

Martha V. Parravano, of Horn Book Magazine reviewed the book saying:

Phobic children everywhere will be induced to laugh at their fears, and Bottner makes the book extra appealing (and, indeed, empowering) by making Baby Scaredy Cat the brave one--no adult lectures here. Don't expect the Scaredy Cats to change that much, though: Baby Scaredy Cat leads the way to a pretty tame approach to risk taking, with Chess's final vignette showing Baby demonstrating that well-known extreme sport, swinging.[2]

Diane Roback, of Publishers Weekly reviewed the book saying:

Along with inviting, cozy details (a wood-beamed ceiling, bright textiles and overstuffed sofas), she includes a fish-shaped planter, a bird in a bell jar, etc. As with Henry Allard and James Marshall's The Stupids, children will enjoy being braver than the Scaredy Cats themselves.[3]

Trevelyn E. Jones, of School Library Journal reviewed the book saying:

This delightful tale humorously makes the point that the greatest risk in life may be in not taking one.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Title unknown". [dead link]
  2. ^ Parravano, Martha V. "The Scaredy Cats (Book)." Horn Book Magazine 79.2 (Mar. 2003): 199.
  3. ^ Roback, Diane et al. "The Scaredy Cats (Book)" Publishers Weekly 250, no. 11 (March 17, 2003): 76.
  4. ^ Jones, Trevelyn E., et al. "The Scaredy Cats (Book)." School Library Journal 49.4 (Apr. 2003): 116.