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This book is not appropriate for children. The main character is Mr. Fookwire. My first thought when reading the character name was the author was getting a good chuckle out of every parent trying to pronounce that name without it sounding like a swear word. Amazon needs to put some different reviewers in the book club department.
I did not enjoy this book. I should have known by the title. My son loves the Dragons Live Tacos book by the same author. I love it too. We thought we would like this one. However, I personally thought it inappropriate for kids. That is a very personal perspective. Not all will agree. We did not keep this book.
My son LOVED "Dragons Love Tacos" by the same author and illustrator, but this book was SUPER disappointing. We couldn't even finish it, it was soooo boring and lame. I HIGHLY recommend "Dragons Love Tacos", but steer CLEAR of this one.
I purchased this book based on good reviews but I will have to remind myself to refrain from succumbing to the peer pressure on future children's book purchases.
The book (which has a great concept) is about an older man, Mr. Fookwire, who loves birds and detests squirrels. In an effort to keep the squirrels away he devises a series of contraptions. However, what he doesn't realize is that the squirrels are doing the same thing, to win him over.
I didn't admire the cavalier way in which the author disrespectfully describes the the older man. I wouldn't want our children talking or referring to grandpa this way.
Parts of the book were mildly clever but it could have been so much more. When the author refers to the birds that Mr. Fookwire likes, the author fails to mention real bird species and instead writes "whirley birds and bonga birds, baba birds and yaba birds. Even a rare floogle bird..."
Children aren't stupid so why try to dumb them down?
Something that really caught my attention was an interview that the book's author, Adam Rubin, had with Saya Weissman of Digiday.com.
Rubin said, "There is also a subversive element that appeals to me. In fact, before I started writing "Those Darn Squirrels," I was working on an *X-rated comedy show* at the Annoyance Theater called "Dr. Amazing: Your Country Needs You." It was named the "Best thing to do in Chicago *while high*" by Time Out Magazine. So, despite my mantle as a children's author, my sensibilities are not exactly G-rated."
This fact changed the way I viewed his work.
If there was a pornographer in a neighborhood with small children, parents would not likely allow their children to play with him. Therefore, I don't think Adam Rubin should keep his esteemed status as children's author.
Moreover, I will not waste my money on an morally challenged author who works on diabolically opposed projects.