Synopses & Reviews
Old Man Fookwire's one pleasure in life is painting the birds in his backyard. When fall arrives andand#160;the birds fly south, Fookwire isand#160;desolate. The squirrels are curious: Where are the birds going, and whatand#160;do they do once they get there?and#160;With their usual ingenuity and engineering skills, the squirrels devise a way toand#160;follow the birds to their destination, a tropical paradise.A wonderful time is had by alland#8212;all but grumpy Old Man Fookwire, alone at home. But the squirrels have a solution for that, too. Readers will revel in this third off-the-wall comedy featuring Old Man Fookwire, a lot of birds, andand#160;those darn squirrels. and#160;
"'Tafuri (Have You Seen My Duckling?) is in classic form in her latest large-scale offering. As Squirrel hops and jumps through a pumpkin patch and around the nearby woods, his long, rangy body expertly scaling branches and the occasional bird feeder, friends invite him to pause for some fun. 'But Squirrel couldn't,' explains Tafuri. 'He was so busy!' Kids can chime in on six oldie-but-goodie animal sounds ('Squeak, squeak,' says Mouse, 'Will you nibble a pumpkin with us?') while they savor Tafuri's signature style: the precisely drawn, generously sized animal shapes, the delicate detailing that makes fur and feathers bristle with energy, and the softly variegated colors that evoke the magic of the season. A wonderful book to usher in autumn. Ages 2-5.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
and#160;"Visual slapstick and a deadpan text combine with trademark Fookwire expressions to make this third Darn Squirrels outing a winner . . . Hysterical--again."and#8212;Kirkus,
"Rubin conveys the complexities of a testy relationship with flair."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Like the previous volumes, Rubin and Salmieri's third Fookwire-squirrel saga is rich in clever language and unexpectedly humorous flourishes."and#8212;New York Times online review
"This story doesn't disappoint."and#8212;School Library Journal
andlt;bandgt;The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. But there is one thing he can do!andlt;/bandgt;
Featuring simple text and distinctive illustrations by a Caldecott Honor artist, this book tells the story of a squirrel who tries to get everything done in time for the long winter. Full color.
As Old Man Fookwire's birds prepare to migrate south for the winter, the squirrels decide to follow. The birds and squirrels' sunny, beachyand#160;destination is a paradise, so warm and beautiful that it might even entice the grumpiest old man in existence to pay a visit as well.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Nancy Tafuriandlt;/Bandgt; is the much-loved creator of more than thirty books for young children, including the Caldecott Honor Book andlt;iandgt;Have You Seen My Duckling?andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;I Love You, Little Oneandlt;/iandgt;. She lives with her husband and daughter in Roxbury, Connecticut.