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Those Darn Squirrels Fly South (2012)

by Adam Rubin

Other authors: Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

Series: Those Darn Squirrels (3)

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As Old Man Fookwire's birds prepare to migrate south for the winter, those darn squirrels decide to follow.

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This review published at The Children's Book and Media Review run by Brigham Young University.

The squirrels in Old Man Fookwire’s backyard are very smart. They paint themselves, build glyders and zeppelins, and annoy Fookwire. This year when the birds fly south, the squirrels build their own flying machines so that they can find out what the birds do when they go away for the winter. They go to the beach with the birds, eat new kinds of snacks, and enjoy their new surroundings. They even call Old Man Fookwire long distance. Before long, the old man realizes that he misses the birds (and even the squirrels, although he won’t admit it), so he goes to the beach to join his missing friends until it’s time to go home.

By the same author and illustrator as Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels comes another wacky, charmingly illustrated story. Like Rubin and Salmieri’s other books, it’s a little quirky, even in its vocabulary with words like “floogle bird” and “Fookwire”. Its strangeness might limit its audience, but the book is still funny and delightful for older readers. The message is a heartwarming story about how Fookwire loves the birds and the squirrels, even if he doesn’t want to admit that he misses the squirrels that drive him crazy so often. For picture book readers that want to read something funny and off the beaten path, Those Darn Squirrels Fly South will provide giggles and delight at the kinds of things these squirrels decide to do. ( )
  vivirielle | Aug 4, 2021 |
A grumpy man goes looking for the birds that he likes to paint and gets mad when the squirrels get in his way! The pictures are SO good and children would love to look at them and point all of the animals out! Also could do a lesson when you aren't in the best mood and what that feels like! You could tie it in to act kind and one people. ( )
  celinebrazeal | Nov 3, 2016 |
This is a funny tale of what happens when a mean old man faces of with really smart squirrels. This is a really funny story with hilarious illustrations. It teaches children forgiveness and there is a cute happy ending. ( )
  aloupe | Feb 17, 2014 |
The Wright Brothers had nothing on these crazy, inventive squirrels. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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  activelearning | Dec 9, 2012 |
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For my loving grandparents-- Nana and Papa flew south for the winter, Grandma and Grandpa do headstands for fun. --A. R.
For Sean and Arianne --D. S.
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Old Man Fookwire lived at the edge of town in a beautiful forest full of birds and squirrels.
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