Buy “Those Darn Squirrels! Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri 9780547576817 Books” Online
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!
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 Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Those Darn Squirrels! Paperback – September 6, 2011 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.
Tags: Adam Rubin, Ages 4-8 Fiction, Animal stories (Children's, Animals, Animals - Squirrels, Birds, Children: Kindergarten, Children's, Children's Books, Children's Fiction, Country Life, Daniel Salmieri, Fiction, Friendship, HMH Books for Young Readers, Human-animal relationships, Humorous stories, Humorous stories (Children's, Juvenile Fiction, Lifestyles, Old age, Preschool Picture Story Books, Social Themes, Social Themes - Friendship, Squirrels, Teenage fiction: Animal stories, Teenage fiction: Humorous stories, Teenage), Those Darn Squirrels!