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Those Darn Squirrels!
ISBN: 9780547576817
Author: Rubin, Adam/ Salmieri, Daniel (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2011
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep birds--the only creatures he likes--from leaving for the winter, he finds himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the abundant food.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Squirrels
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Library of Congress Subjects:
Human-animal relationships; Fiction.
Squirrels; Fiction.
Old age; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2011028182
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Squirrels
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.20" H x 20.00" L x 10.00" W
Lexile Level: 680
Bargain Category: Animals, Early Elementary, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 124444
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45390
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):  Adam Rubin lives in Chicago, Illinois. Since the publication of Those Darn Squirrels!, he has become a major celebrity in the squirrel community.

Daniel Salmieri graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in Brooklyn. He swears no squirrels were harmed in the making of this book. Visit him at www.danielsalmieri.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Grouchy Old Man Fookwire, who dislikes everything but birds, wages a battle of wits with the crafty squirrels that raid his birdfeeders. After the birds fly south, the squirrels attempt to make amends. The angular illustrations, showing contraptions created by Fookwire and the squirrels, are a good match for the tongue-in-cheek narrative. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 October)

K-Gr 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

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