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Those Darn Squirrels!

Those Darn Squirrels!

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by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri, Kirby Heyborne
     
 

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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

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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

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only things he likes are birds. Knowing he will be lonely when they fly south for the winter, he fills many birdfeeders in hopes that they will stay. Unfortunately for him, he has underestimated the cleverness of squirrels. No matter what he tries, the squirrels manage to get the food. The birds leave. The squirrels then feel sorry for the angry and lonely Fookwire. From the many objects they have collected, they make him a gift that cheers him at last, for a happy ending. Fookwire is an odd-looking fellow with a long neck, pointed nose and skinny arms and legs; the squirrels are equally comic. They all live in a relatively barren, surreal world, in which the wild constructions of man and animals stand out clearly. Salmieri's watercolor, gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are comically inventive, particularly when depicting the busy squirrels. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
Old Man Fookwire, a "grump" of the first order, hates everything, except for his birds. He paints their pictures and hopes his birdfeeder-bribe will convince them to avoid migration. Unfortunately, hoarding squirrels-the "fuzzy little geniuses" of the forest-devour the birds' allotment, even snatching the treats dangling high above a clothesline. Fookwire shakes his fist and shouts, "those darn squirrels!" An innovative laser obstacle course, however, stumps the scurrying rodents, but with their final bite, the birds migrate anyway, leaving Fookwire forlorn-and the squirrels repentantly determined to make it up to him, as only fuzzy little geniuses can. Rubin's pithy text adds comedic flair, though it is Salmieri's watercolor, gouache and colored pencil illustrations that hilariously carry the backyard shenanigans. Bald Fookwire is a riot as the agitation builds, with his beakish nose, elongated neck and wiry limbs, and the squirrels, with their bloated bellies and contented smiles, are a flying hoot in this droll debut. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
Winner of a Borders Original Voices Award

A 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee

“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, STARRED REVIEW

“A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.”—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933938400
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Series:
Those Darn Squirrels Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Salmieri is an artist and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. When he's not shooting art out of his hands, he travels the country in search of the perfect blintz.

Kirby Heyborne has received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has had starring roles in eight other features and two short films, and has also appeared on the WB's Everwood and many national commercials. He has garnered rave reviews for his narration for Books on Tape over the years and is considered one of the finest narrators working today.

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Those Darn Squirrels! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tech-chica More than 1 year ago
For my son who is 13months this book is beyond his level and he won't sit still for it, but I really have no doubt that when he's a bit older, he will love it. I just crack up every time I read it! It's very funny and I find the characters easy to relate to. I think old man Fookwire is similar to many older men which makes it fun to read and see how he and the squirrels interact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book and its silliness; our son thinks the "furry little geniuses" are brilliant. A very entertaining story and amusing artwork.
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