Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

61zwp5lposlThose Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544809024, 2016

Format:  Paperback

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Grumpy Old Man Fookwire puts up with those darn squirrels who are so smart that when the winter comes and it’s cold, they sneak into his house, warm up by his fire and finish his crossword puzzles. When spring comes and the annoying squirrels are back outside, Old Man Fookwire can get back to his peaceful painting of birds. Only when a new neighbor moves in with her bully cat do the squirrels band together to teach the bully a lesson.  The illustrations are funny and capture the emotions of the squirrels perfectly.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is a more complicated picture book with a longer story, so it would be appropriate for children ages 4-6 who have a longer attention span.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.6, 2016

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