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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547429223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547429229
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

All is calm in old man Fookwire’s yard until new neighbors—Little Old Lady Hu and her cat, Muffins—move in next door. Muffins is one mean dude! He terrorizes the birds, interrupts Fookwire’s painting, and ties the squirrels’ tails together. Fookwire is upset, but not nearly as upset as the squirrels, who devise an ingenious plan to stop Muffins cold. In this hilarious follow-up to Those Darn Squirrels!, the tongue-in-cheek text is perfectly complemented by the quirky, inventive illustrations.

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"Rubin's sly ironies and Salmieri's spare but deeply goofy aesthetic is child-friendly urbanity at its best. And those squirrels! Impish, beady-eyed, and never individuated, they steal the spotlight in every scene."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Customer Reviews

The illustration was cute and so was the story.
Jennifer Victorino
This is a very silly and funny book, great for kids and adults too.
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Both my 4 year old daughter and 1.5 year old son love this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JBS on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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!

BUY IT.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Baek on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BKBookDiva on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kmiller on December 4, 2012
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 By Nina on April 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By mandy on November 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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