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Those Darn Squirrels! [Kindle Edition]

Adam Rubin , Daniel Salmieri
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Old Man Fookwire has a plan. He'll build some birdfeeders and fill them with yummy seeds and berries. That way, the wild birds he loves so much will stick around for the winter - instead of flying south. But there are other hungry creatures in the forest, and they have plans, too... Those darn squirrels! In this whimsical picture book, a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits - with hilarious results. Winner of a 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, and a 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—This simple tale has a sneaky, edgy humor that erupts into hilarity as well as a warm, stabilizing feeling for humanity in all of its quirky manifestations. "Old Man Fookwire was so old that when he sneezed, dust came out. He was also a grump. He hated pie. He hated puppies. The only thing he liked was birds." This verbal introduction to the main character is enhanced with paintings—reminiscent of some of the best European children's book illustrations—of an exaggeratedly skinny, flannel-shirted caricature with a long neck, long nose, oversized glasses, and protruding Adam's apple. He never smiles, even when he's painting pictures of the birds that visit his yard every summer. In an attempt to keep the birds around when autumn arrives, he builds wonderful birdfeeders. They do indeed attract the birds—but they also catch the eye of the squirrels. The cheerful, brilliant, and adorable creatures are shown using pulleys, weights, and remarkable cooperative planning to foil Fookwire and raid the feeders. The old man fights back. But the squirrels, still smiling and hopeful, stay up all night for a planning meeting and devise a daring escapade that relies heavily on their deep understanding of physics and their willingness to be launched through the air. What happens to the squirrels, the birds, and to Old Man Fookwire is a symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Starred review. ""Bald Fookwire is a riot...and the squirrels, with their bloated bellies and contented smiles, are a flying hoot in this droll debut."" - Kirkus Reviews
""A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page."" - School Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 9761 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009IT2B0G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative to "Pink" Books! June 8, 2009
My 5-year-old daughter loves all that is good and pink and purple, but we do need some variety every now and then. This book is great fun! We totally relate to Old Man Fookwire's frustrations and laugh at the squirrels' crazy plans. (We're certain there are similar plans being drafted by those darn squirrels in our own backyard!) I would think all ages would enjoy this clever story.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the best! June 2, 2011
By Michael
Someone who knows the author once gave me the first book as a gift. Like all kids, my son picks the same 3 books ever single F'ing night and it makes me want to kill myself.
Finally, I encouraged him (just to not have to read goodnight moon again) to give the book a try.

I don't know if it's because I loved reading it out loud, or because he loves it, but between the illustrations and the cute/fun writing, this book has become the replacement for "Goodnight Moon", and I couldn't be happier.

This book has that rare quality that lets the parent have a good time while reading a book to their child. When we read this, I can do all the voices, and i get a few little adult-type jokes that my son doesn't get yet.

All in all, five stars, reminds me of the kind of books we used to get when we were kids!

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Proboscis December 8, 2012
But for the disturbing nose of old man Fookwire this is an enjoyable book.

However, we must deal with this distressing schnozola in no less that ten images throughout the book. It is very long, very red, and very pointy.

Fookwire is a lonely and unhappy man whose only joy in life is the backyard birds. These he loves dearly, and he spends his time painting pictures of them. Otherwise, there's not much to endear him to anyone - he hates puppies, pie, and presumably many other things.

But is it necessary to portray him with this most disgusting snout?

Otherwise, the illustrations by Daniel Salmieri are absolutely delightful. The squirrels who disturb the peace and harmony of Fookwire's yard are a particular joy. Each one has an industrious and expressive face as it goes about plotting madcap raids on the old man's bird feeders.

The birds too are a pleasure to behold. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. No wonder Fookwire never tires of painting them...

The accompanying text is also memorable. For example, a description of the capabilities of squirrels: " Not many people know this, but squirrels are the cleverest of all woodland creatures. In fact, they're fuzzy little geniuses! They can make a house out of a tree, a bed out of a bunch of leaves, and a box kite out of twigs, dirt and squirrel spit". Is the box kite a bit over the top? Perhaps, but we also learn that "They are also excellent at math".

Author Adam Rubin tells a funny tale of bad guys who are really good guys, forgiveness, resourcefulness, and happy endings all around.

There's just one problem.

The nose.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! April 2, 2009
We have a birdfeeder in our back yard that squirrels feed out of. My daughter always yells at them. I'm not a grumpy old man but there is a definite parallel. Just like the grumpy old man, I try various ways to stop the squirrels without prevail. After reading the book my daughter and I shake our fists from the other side of the window and get a good laugh.

I like books like this that we can relate to in our daily lives and it does in a fun way. I like the illustrations too, a bit cartoony and very stylish. I think anyone with a birdfeeder probably could relate, and even without a birdfeeder, it's a fun book to read to kids.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Follow-Up to the First TDS May 9, 2011
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I just received my copy in the mail and I have already read it three times. It is definitely one of those books that is as entertaining for the adults as it is for the children. Take a close look at the illustrations, the attention to detail is amazing (for example, Old Man Fookwire, the loner protagonist, is reading what looks like "Catcher in the Rye" in the beginning.) Highly recommended for children of all ages, and all children at heart.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! December 4, 2012
By kmiller
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a teacher and my kids loved this book. They laughed and they barely moved as I read the book to them. A must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT sequel! April 19, 2011
By Nina
My extended family became obsessed with Rubin's first book "Those Darn Squirrels" and everyone bought it from my sister to my dad to my mom for my nephew...
Often sequels are boring. Not this one. It still bring the quirky sense of humor of the first book, the kid-friendly drawings. It's a fun read that is enjoyable for adults and for kids.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written November 12, 2012
By mandy
Cleverly written tale with a lovely moral twist. Very funny too! Not easy to find good children's literature these days, but this story is certainly worth a read to your kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HIlarious.
Our favorite book in the house. The best part of reading this to my 5 and 3 year olds is when we shake our old man fists and yell together "Those DARN squirrels!"
Published 2 days ago by Julie Kronoshek
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as "Dragons Love Tacos". Definitely get that one if you're deciding between the two!
Published 3 days ago by Lauren Aplin
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Love it Too!
Too cute... I love the statement which says, "He is so old, that when he sneezes, dust comes out." I laughed about that for 20 minutes....
Published 5 days ago by Adrienne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the story and the illustrations.
Published 5 days ago by mary nordmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The grandchildren loved this story!
Published 6 days ago by Mary Erbstoesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great googly moogly!
Great googly moogly, this book is so fun! My 3yr old is a big fan, wishes he was a fury genius.
Published 10 days ago by Branne
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandfather has a hate hate relationship with squirrels
My grandfather has a hate hate relationship with squirrels. When I ran across this book I HAD to get it for him. Read more
Published 11 days ago by J Bollo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story for children
Cute little story that was bought for our grandsons for Easter, because they have squirrels they watch on their deck.
Published 20 days ago by C. Richards
3.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Nothing great.
Published 21 days ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
3-yr old grandson Liked this one OK.
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