Two of my kids (the 6 and 10 year old), found parts of this book laugh out loud funny. The other 2 kids (the 4 and 8 year olds) seem less impressed, but I think they still enjoyed it. However, the main reason why you should check out this book from the library is because it pairs perfectly with this YouTube video of a squirrel obstacle course. Together, this combo is a delightful way to spend 30 minutes with your kiddos.
Those Darn Squirrels Details
Title: Those Darn Squirrels
Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri
Publication Year: 2008
Age Group: Preschool, Kindergarten, Early Elementary
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My husband has a shirt that says, “Get off of my lawn.” I can completely picture him as old man Fookwire when he gets older. He’s been practicing being crochety since he was a teenager. One might not think a grumpy old man is the ideal subject matter for a children’s book, but it works. My kids thought the first half of the book was hilarious. My little goblins prefer when there is discord so the peacefully resolved ending was not their cup of tea, but overall they enjoyed the book.
The main reason why I would recommend this book however is because as I was reading it to my kids, I was reminded of the Mark Rober YouTube video that came out a few months ago. The book definitely predates the video and as far as I know, there is no connection, but watching the video would be the perfect follow-up activity after reading this book.
In the video, Mark Rober attempts to design and build the perfect squirrel-proof birdfeeder. Entertainment ensues. It is 20 minutes long, which I don’t normally have the patience for, but I challenge you to walk away after you start watching. The whole video is compelling and gives kids a good look at what it means to be an engineer. Win-win!