Those Darn Squirrels!

Old Man Fookwire has a plan He ll build some birdfeeders and fill them with yummy seeds and berries That way, the wild birds he loves so much will stick around for the winter instead of flying south But there are other hungry creatures in the forest, and the have plans, tooThose darn squirrels
Those Darn Squirrels Old Man Fookwire has a plan He ll build some birdfeeders and fill them with yummy seeds and berries That way the wild birds he loves so much will stick around for the winter instead of flying south B

  • Title: Those Darn Squirrels!
  • Author: Adam Rubin Daniel Salmieri
  • ISBN: 9780547007038
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Those Darn Squirrels!”

    1. Old Man Fookwire is sick of the squirrels stealing his birdseed, and driving away his beloved birds. He attempts several schemes to thwart them, but, alas, the squirrels have some schemes of the own. In addition to being furry freeloaders, they're also mechanical geniuses. This book had a special appeal to me, as I've had my own struggles with these cursed beasts - well documented in my review of Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation o [...]

    2. Pros: Has enough wackiness and funny details in the illustrations that adults won't mind if they have to read it over and over.Cons: The main character is named Fookwire, so take it slow and enunciate clearly if you are reading to a large group of toddlers and their moms. Trust me on this.

    3. Funny book - hilarious illustrations. This one is a winner, especially if you have had the experience of watching squirrels raid your bird feeder - those darn squirrels! That's what has happened to Old Man Fookwire (so old that dust comes out of his nose when he sneezes). The only thing this grump likes is birds. He realizes that if he puts up bird feeders in his yard, he will attract more birds. But he attracts squirrels, too. And those squirrels are smart! A particularly amusing illustration ( [...]

    4. Great Googley Moogley!Those furry tricky dickbag squirrels! Ruin all the fun and eat what doesn't belong to them.Shake your fist. Shake harder boy!!

    5. Text-to-Teaching What a clever book! It revolved around an old man who loves birds and wanted to keep them around all year long. Therefore, his mission was to provide enough food for the birds to stick around. However, the squirrels nearby continued to destruct the old man's plan by repeatedly eating the bird's food. I would have the kids to make cut-outs of different birds and colors, and hang them from the ceiling. Also I would provide mini birds feeders and place them outside (near the playgr [...]

    6. This book is a hilarious tale of a grumpy old man who loves his birds. He doesn't want them to go south for the winter, so he tries to bribe them with gloriously decorated bird feeders. Unfortunately, squirrels, who are quite clever, want the seeds, too. They come up with all kinds of contraptions to get to the feeders and Old Man Fookwire tries his best to outsmart them. The birds eventually leave and go south. The squirrels, seeing how sad this makes Old Man Fookwire, dress up as birds. Sudden [...]

    7. I usually like Adam Rubin's books, and there's a lot of cleverness going on here on the part of the squirrels. The problem? I just can't get over how much the grumpy old man looks like a total pedo.

    8. The artwork kind of creeped me out in this book, just look at the cover at the guy's nose! But after reading the story I realized that the style used by the illustrator was essential to the story, and it really wouldn't be the same otherwise (the man is purposely depicted as ugly). "He hated pie. He hated puppies. The only thing he liked were birds", his hate included the squirrels who tried to eat the bird food. When the birds went south for the winter, he was sad. The squirrels felt bad so the [...]

    9. I read those darn squirrels in class one day, not expecting to leave the classroom a different person. This book will forever change the way I look at old people who sneeze dust. In this book, Old Man Fookwire hates everything, even puppies! The only thing he likes are the birds on his birdfeeder. He has a problem one day though, he sees squirrels on his birdfeeder. Old Man Fookwire isn't a big fan of squirrels. But one day, the squirrels have a change of heart for the Old Man Fookwire.I think t [...]

    10. 4.5This is basically the tale of my wife's fight against the squirrels that steal our birdfeed. For that reason, we really liked it. I found the illustration of the old man a little odd, and for that reason wasn't able to completely fall in love. The squirrels were great. The birds were amazing. I'm not sure that I preferred, or disliked that the names of all the birds were made up. So I consider that element neutral. Overall, a very fun little story with a pleasant ending and a few nice lessons [...]

    11. This was a super funny book. It is so true. My brother calls squirrels "information gatherers". They are very smart indeed. Loved it, loved it, loved it. The illustrator is fabulous too. He nails the expressions and the whole squirrel character. I especially loved page 11 where they make the bed,kite, and do math to boot! This book leaves you with a positive outlook on those darn squirrels!I had to read this one again so I can share it with my little guy next Tuesday. This is one of my favorites [...]

    12. Ha! Old Man Fookwire's similarities to my Grandpa Kensel and their shared feelings about squirrels hooked me. Wry text about scheming furry-tailed varmints (who I learned excel at math) with illustrations that supplement the story with cheek to spare won me.I think I just found another book to read to my daughters' class when I'm the Mystery Reader for story time.

    13. my 2 year old daughter and i really enjoy this book. the story is fun with a touch of silly and the illustrations make it even more amusing! it is about grumpy old fookwire and the squirrels that eventually befriend him. who knew squirrels could be so sweet! often a bedtime request in our house (sometimes mama is the one making the request).

    14. Freakin' hilarious - the grumpy old man who only like birds might just be won over by those darn squirrels if they try hard enough. Illustrations match the text so well that you'd think that the author had illustrated it. Great read-aloud for older elementary school age kids, especially for boys or reluctant readers b/c of the humor.

    15. Any book that has a crabby main character named Old Man Fookwire, conniving, helmet-wearing squirrels and a new twist on an old problem will very likely be a sure bet for me :) And this one is! Very, very funny.

    16. Amazing! This book taught me that I am pretty much a squirrel. And also, maybe, a cranky old man. But mostly a squirrel.

    17. "Great Googaley-Moogaley." "Those darn squirrels."Fun read. Very enjoyable. A wacky, sneaky squirrels and a sad old man make for a fun ride.

    18. A curmudgeonly old man named Mr. Fookwire loves only one thing: painting pictures of birds. When the neighborhood squirrels steal all of his birdseed, he concocts inventive schemes to keep them away. Little does he know, the squirrels have a secret plan to win him over.Instructional suggestions: tone, plot, conflict, dialogue, characterization, antagonist, protagonist, text structures: (description, sequence, problem and solution, cause and effect, compare and contrast)Genres: fiction, modern fa [...]

    19. This is a funny picture book about an old man who loves birds, and who is frustrated with these clever, inventive squirrels who always manage to steal the bird food. The story is a bit on the longer side, and probably better for older preschoolers / elementary students who can sit through longer stories. The kids enjoyed this story, and all the strategic planning.Good for: fans of birds, squirrels, painting, clever inventions, odd contraptions, junk collections. It could also be paired with book [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. "Not many people know this, but squirrels are the cleverest of all woodland creatures. In fact, they're fuzzy little geniuses!" Old Man Fookwire is trying to get the birds to stay for the winter by feeding them. But the squirrels keep stealing all the bird food, much to the chagrin of Fookwire and the birds. But when he finally manages to outsmart the squirrels, the birds eat all the food and still leave for the winter. Now who's going to keep Old Man Fookwire company? Would you believe squirre [...]

    22. I've had this book on the shelves for awhile, but it wasn't until last night that I read it when my 4 year old picked it. The book centers on the bird-loving and squirrel-despising antics of a grumpy old man, who is trying to feed the birds and NOT feed the squirrels, and the squirrels' brilliant attempts to thwart him, that rise in absurdity and humor as the book goes on. There is a very sweet twist in the last third of the book that make all the harumphing and scheming even better on a re-read [...]

    23. Ran across the title while looking for another of his books. Loved it and the illustrations are perfect. I love watching the squirrels in the backyard so had to read this book. The old gentleman just wants to watch and paint his birds but the squirrels cause all sorts of havoc and then the birds move anyway. After the birds fly south he realizes that the squirrels aren't so bad after all.

    24. Rubin, A. (2008). Those darn squirrels! Ill. D. Salmieri. Bel Air, CA: Clarion Books. Old Man Fookwire is facing a problem with squirrels eating the birdseed he's left out for the birds that he's made friends with. After much battle, he learns to love the squirrels and welcomes them in.The medias used in this book were watercolor and colored pencil.I can see why this book is enjoyable to children. They probably find it to be very funny. This book should be included in a classroom. It would give [...]

    25. I thought this book was really cute! I had read the sequels before reading this one and I didn't like them quite as much. I just really like the squirrels' response to him after the birds left. Good ending.

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