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I’m not sure exactly why but my kids (3 and 5) love this book and every time we went to the library they wanted to borrow it, so we finally had to buy a copy. I don’t mind reading it and the story is pretty cute but the main character (old man fookwire) could be a bit cuter and have a better name lol.
"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.
Great googlymoogly. We have read these books on repeat for the ENTIRE quarantine. The only thing that varies is the order - The Cat Next Door and Fly South rotate in first, second or third position. Thank god the books and the illustrations are brilliant and fun, because I read through breakfast, lunch, nap, dinner, bedtime. If we could have Adam and Dan (they're family now) move in and write and draw for us full time, our lives would be complete. In the meantime, our three year old offers these sequel suggestions (ARE YOU LISTENING, ADAM?): Those Darn Squirrels and the Chipmunk Invasion. Those Darn Squirrels visit the North Pole. Those Darn Squirrels go into business for themselves (we're thinking they buy a birdseed supply house and hilarity ensues). Those Darn Squirrels learn to swim. Those Darn Squirrels Build Their Dream House. Tomorrow works for us. Thanks for keeping us laughing, even if it's the same humor over and over.
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.)