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"Those Darn Squirrels!" by Adam Rubin, and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, is a story about a grumpy old man who loved to feed the birds, and watch them from inside his house. He was so grumpy he even hated puppies! He was so old, they say that when he sneezed, dust came out.
Every year his birds flew south for the winter, leaving his bird feeders looking lonely and forlorn... and fair game for the squirrels! Now Old Man Fookwire, for that was his name, hated seeing the squirrels steal his bird food. He attempted many tricks to keep the squirrels away from his bird feeders, but nothing worked.
One day the squirrels noticed that Old Man Fookwire looked sad. When he saw the squirrels looking through his kitchen window, he shouted "Go away! I don't like you squirrels!" So the squirrels had a big meeting, and decided to do something nice for Old Man Fookwire.
The story continues until the squirrels were finally able to make the grumpy old man happy... sort of. His final words were, "Those darn squirrels!" as he shook his fist at them and smiled.
This is a cute story, with an unusual storyline and clever illustrations. It subliminally teaches children that "random acts of kindness" won't go unnoticed. There are several books in the "Those Darn Squirrels" line. Although I've read only this one, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest any of them would be worth recommending.
I believe the appropriate age range is from perhaps 1 year to third or fourth grade. The vocabulary in this book is rather a large one, which will really be a help to the older kids in this age range, as they learn to expand their personal vocabularies. I confidently recommend "Those Darn Squirrels" as a good book to start out reading to your infant, continuing in that vein until they are able to read it themselves.
I picked this one up for my Kindle on a whim. I don't own any picture books on the Kindle as I only own a Kindle Touch, but this shows up very clearly on my phone's Kindle app, even if it is a little small. My toddler likes the pictures and scrolling through the pages, a new way for a new generation to read a "book." I really liked this story. It kept me entertained. It has a good lesson in it and a very cute ending. Oh how I love those smart squirrels! I like the colors and most of the illustrations, but Old Man Fookwire is really odd looking to me. My daughter isn't quite old enough to understand this book yet, but I really think she will enjoy it in a year or two.
The story is great, the pictures are great, and I didn't even mind Mr. Fookwire's nose, which everyone in the reviews hated.
My problem is with the name, "Mr. Fookwire." Out of all the names in the world, why would any one choose this name for a childrens book? In my opinion, this is way to close to a four letter world, we all know, that isn't very nice. Anything but "Fook," would have been ok. I have not read this to my grandkids, but gave it to my daughter to read to them. I have not heard whether they have read it or not. I suggested she cross out the name and substitute another name in its place.
I bought this for my dad to read my stepdaughter. When it arrived, I couldn't stop laughing, it's basically my dad in the book- a man who loves to watch the birds, doesn't want the squirrels eating all the bird seed, and who tries to find ways to stop them. I'm going to use it as a "card" from her to him.
Bought this book for my son for Christmas because he and I both love Dragons Love Tacos and this one had good reviews. In our opinion it's definitely nowhere near as good as Dragons Love Tacos vut it still has some of the same type of wit to it so while it's not our go-to book for bedtime I'm not regretting the purchase.
I must admit I bought it based on other customers' reviews. And though when I first read it to myself I would have perhaps rated it as so-so and kind of cute, the reaction of both my boys was vastly different. Both my nearly 2 year old and my nearly 4 year old enjoyed it, both the pictures and the story. They ask for it frequently. And the way the squirrels come to care for the old man and how he begins to accept and appreciate them is sweet in a simple understated way.