Synopses & Reviews
The story of what happens when a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match witsand#8212;with hilarious results.
Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likesand#160;to paint pictures of 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 escalatesand#8212;until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.
Winner of a Borders Original Voices Award
A 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee
and#8220;Bald Fookwire is a riot. . . and the squirrels, with their bloated bellies and contented smiles, are a flying hoot in this droll debut.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
and#8220;A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal
"Urban unfurls the gentle and#8216;be true to yourselfand#8217; moral perfectly, with plenty of funny dialogue, overplayed reaction and the enduring appeal of the tiny hero. Coleand#8217;s terrific watercolors reflect Mouseand#8217;s emotional growth in spreads and spots brimming with movement. Who knew standing still could be so dramatic? Well-pitched for preschoolers just learning social skills, this would be equally excellent for family reading, classrooms and storytimes."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
, STARRED review
and#8220;Through playful language and expressive watercolors with colored pencil and ink, this story about anger management proves to be both entertaining and therapeutic. . . . Mouse finds his own way through his ire and, in the process, may help a few youngsters get a handle on their own.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ? his worst nightmare comes true Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting ?
The first book in the Scaredy Squirrel series is a comical story of an endearing squirrel who learns what can happen when he's brave enough to take a risk.
Who knows the best way to be mad? Bear stomps. Hare hops. Bobcat screams. Mouse? He just can't get it right. But when he finds the way that works for him--still and quiet--he discovers his own way might be the best of all.and#160; A light-hearted exploration of how to manage anger from the critically acclaimed author and illustrator duo of Urban and Cole.
About the Author
Linda Urbanand#8217;s debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. Her novel Hound Dog True received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. A former bookseller, she lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her family.HENRY COLE is the award-winning illustrator of more than forty books for children, including Mooseltoe and Clara Caterpillar . He lives near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.