Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin tells the story of Mr. Fookwire and his bird-loving, squirrel-disliking dilemma. Mr. Fookwire was a grumpy old man. He didn’t like much of anything, but he loved birds. He loved to paint pictures of them as they flew around in his back yard. When he realized that winter was fast approaching, he decided to feed the birds so that they would stay for winter. Mr. Fookwire built beautiful bird feeders, and filled them with yummy seeds and berries. Birds came from all over to feast in his back yard. But the birds weren’t the only creatures interested in those yummy seeds and berries. The squirrels wanted to get in on that action. Did you know that squirrels are very intelligent animals? The illustrator, Daniel Salmieri, shows us, in great detail, how creative squirrels can be. They are crafty little guys. They can map out plans of attack, and devise catapults to send them over buildings. They have Mr. Fookwire shaking his fist and yelling “Those Darn Squirrels!” each time they empty his birdfeeders. When the birds fly south for the winter, Mr. Fookwire is sad and lonely. The squirrels feel sorry for him. They hold a meeting and decide to give the old man a present to make up for all the seeds and berries they have eaten. They also decide to try to cheer him up. You won’t believe what these silly squirrels decided to do, but I think it will make you smile along with Mr. Fookwire! See this book listed in our catalog