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There are three of these books, and I love each and every one of them. We put off purchasing copies because the local library has them, but I figured when my kids (aged 4 and 6) shouted "THE LIBRARY IS OPEN WE NEED THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS" each time we drove past our town library (which is often!), that I should just man up and buy them. It’s a hilarious book about a grouchy old man who hates everything except the birds in his yard, and what starts out as a comical story quickly ends as a poignant tale of friendship when the lonely old man is befriended by the very thing he hates most: those darn squirrels. We read this constantly at my house, and it never gets old for my husband and I, which is good because some children’s books become mundane after the second or third read. The pictures are hilarious as well, and there are small nuances on each page that only make them funnier. I think that to enjoy these books you’ll need a quirky sense of humor, though, so if you don’t think funny old men in silly pants and sarcastic squirrels are funny, then it may not be for you. As for me, I’m buying the next two in the series! (I also read these books to my 6th grade classes, and they found them just as hilarious as I did. ) Check it out!
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. Sketches from the Illustrator (Click on Images to Enlarge) Character sketch for Little Old Lady Hu and her dastardly cat, Muffins. Sketch of Hu moving in next door and disrupting the lives of Old Man Fookwire, the Floogle Bird and the Squirrels. Sketch of the Squirrels plotting their revenge on Muffins. Sketch of the plan in action. Finished painting of the Squirrels’ plan in action. Grumpy hermit Old Man Fookwire was so upset by the intrusion of new neighbors that he wrote this angry letter to the mayor. –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door Paperback – October 4, 2016 by Adam Rubin (Author) Review
My 5 year old loves all 3 of the Darn Squirrels books. He anxiously awaited the Cat Next Door, and was thrilled when it arrived. I had to read it twice in a row. He asked me if there were going to be more. I think he wants an entire series. Fortunately, the books are silly, but not in a way an adult would find terribly dull. They aren’t great literature, by far, but they’re amusing and fun. My son and I both shake our fists and shout, "Those darn squirrels," every time it shows up on the page. He thinks it’s hilarious, and I think it’s adorable. -Read Reviews-
I purchased Those Darn Squirrels based upon the cover of the old man yelling at them in the tree. Reminded me of my neighbor so had to check it out. My daughter found this book to be like a ride on a horse through the English country side. She enjoyed how the squirrels and the old man were at odds. Laughed at the old man’s name being "Fookwire". The old man as drawn was entertaining to my daughter and i chuckled too. Shaking his fist at the squirrels like an old man yelling at clouds or on the internet as you will both gave us a laugh. We enjoyed the story, even myself found this to be really funny for a children’s book. She asked if squirrels are really that smart, i told her "Yes, they can be smarter than some people. " as proven by those so called squirrel proof bird feeders that litter the suburbs. After reading the book inquired if there were others in the series. I believe the continuing sage of Old Man Fookwire and Those Darn Squirrels will be a set right next to the Gerald and Piggie series.
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