Those Darn Squirrels!
Publication Date: September 2008
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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 escalatesuntil the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that completely charms the old grump.
Daniel Salmieri lives in Brooklyn, New York. To prepare for this book, he painted the squirrels in his backyard—which thoroughly annoyed the squirrels, who didn't like being covered in paint. Visit his website at www.danielsalmieri.com.
Winner of a Borders Original Voices AwardA 2009 Children's Choice Award nominee “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 REVIEW “A symphony of regret, respect, and sweetness. Readers will want to linger over this book and treasure every page.”—School Library Journal