Paperback, 32 pages
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2011-09-06)
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Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes 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 escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.
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Old Man Fookwire is the name of the cranky old man who’s responsible for the exclamation mark at the end of this title, and many others, and dust that comes out of his nose when he sneezes - but also beautiful, if slightly obsessive, paintings of birds. These anyway come off as preening, lazy airheads when compared to the squirrels (they’re “fuzzy little geniuses” allegedly) who prove every bit the worthy adversary to Old Fookwire. There’s some nice stuff in the end about helping - and also appreciating - your neighbors, but it’s the comedy here which is especially inspired when those squirrels are devising and executing plans to penetrate the defenses that Old Man Fookwire has erected around his precious bird feeders. Some of their scheming misfires, some soars, and some involves those shiny bits of metal they’ve been hoarding for no better reason. Oh, money can’t buy you love. But frilly accessories? “Great googley-moogley!”