Those Darn Squirrels! (Paperback)
Whether the little readers identify most with the grump (who incidentally has the soul of an artist), the squirrels, or even the birds, they will come away from this book with valuable insights about persistence, problem-solving and peace-making. This book is a great fall read-along because it mentions migration and a laugh fest at any time of the year.— Carol Muller
Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only thing he likes to do is paint pictures of the birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful bird feeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that completely charms the old grump.
About the Author
Adam Rubin is a creative director for a digital advertising agency in New York City and the author of critically acclaimed picture books, including three Those Darn Squirrels titles. All of them have been illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. To learn more, visit www.adamrubinhasawebsite.com.
Daniel Salmieri is an artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. He has illustrated many books for children, including the Those Darn Squirrels books and Dragons Love Tacos in collaboration with author Adam Rubin. To learn more, visit www.danielsalmieri.com.
Winner of a Borders Original Voices Award
A 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee
“Bald Fookwire is a riot. . . and the squirrels, with their bloated bellies and contented smiles, are a flying hoot in this droll debut.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.”—School Library Journal