Those Darn Squirrels Fly South

2012. 32p. 978-0-54767-823-8. 16.99.
K-Gr 2–Those darn squirrels are at it again, and this time they’re headed for warmer weather, aided by their “comprehensive understanding of aerodynamic engineering.” In their third appearance, grumpy Old Man Fookwire is still painting pictures of his beloved birds and shaking his fist at squirrel shenanigans. But, instead of the baba, yaba, and floogle birds flying south alone, the squirrels tag along to see what all the fuss is about. When he receives a collect call from the squirrels turned beach bums, Fookwire’s loneliness gets the better of him and he dusts off the red 1957 convertible he’s kept hiding in a shed. After reuniting with his bird friends, sunburning his giant schnoz, and painting to his grumpy heart’s content, he and the squirrels road trip it back together. Salmieri’s characteristic sketches stretch every scene to humorous proportion, making the most of Rubin’s quirky story line and eccentric vocabulary. As Fookwire would say, “Great googley-moogley,” this story doesn’t disappoint.–Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Those darn (yet clever) squirrels devise flying machines to follow Old Man Fookwire's beloved birds to warm southern climes. After the squirrels call collect from paradise, lonely Fookwire dusts off his 1957 roadster for a migration of his own. Both plot and illustrations in this third romp of Fookwire's squirrel saga live up to the charms and wit of its predecessors.

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