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Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Doorby Adam Rubin
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All is calm in Old Mr. Fookwire's yard until a new neighbor, Little Old Lady Hu, and her cat, Muffins, move in next door. This cat is MEAN. He ambushes the squirrels and ties their tails together. . Mr. Fookwire is upset, but not nearly as upset as the squirrels. They devise a plan to get revenge on Muffins, involving a large bucket full of icy water. Everyone is happy except Fookwire, who is a grump anyway, and Muffins, who will never ever go outdoors again. The amiable foolishness of the text is complemented by the loony, cartoony illustrations.
"Having already proved they're ideally matched in their debut, Those Darn Squirrels! (2008), Rubin and Salmieri go for two — and succeed. This time, Mr. Fookwire, his beloved backyard birds, and his relentlessly clever squirrel frenemies are united against a new neighbor and common enemy: a corpulent, take-no-prisoners cat named Muffins, whose idea of fun is giving the squirrels noogies, wet willies, and wedgies — and the last, readers are reminded, is 'not an easy thing to do, because generally squirrels do not wear underpants.' But before Muffins can show what he has in mind for the birds (who seem utterly clueless despite their curvilinear grace), the squirrels summon their ingenuity (their idea of brain food is cheese puffs and ginger ale) and concoct a revenge scheme that has Muffins retreating indoors permanently, thus insinuating themselves into Mr. Fookwire's grumpy affections once more. Rubin's sly ironies and Salmieri's spare but deeply goofy aesthetic is child-friendly urbanity at its best. And those squirrels! Impish, beady-eyed, and never individuated, they steal the spotlight in every scene. Ages 5 — 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
All is calm in old man Fookwires yard until new neighbors—Little Old Lady Hu and her cat, Muffins—move in next door. Muffins is one mean dude! He terrorizes the birds, interrupts Fookwires painting, and ties the squirrels tails together. Fookwire is upset, but not nearly as upset as the squirrels, who devise an ingenious plan to stop Muffins cold. In this hilarious follow-up to Those Darn Squirrels!, the tongue-in-cheek text is perfectly complemented by the quirky, inventive illustrations.
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 birdfeeders 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
THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS
A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
A 2008 Borders Original Voices Award Winner
A 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee
A 2009 finalist in the Read Boston Best Read Aloud Book Award
Nominated for the 2009 New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award
“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
“A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.”School Library Journal
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