Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door” as Want to Read:
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door

(Those Darn Squirrels)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,010 ratings  ·  140 reviews
All winter long, those darn squirrels annoyed grumpy Old Man Fookwire with their antics. But now that it's spring and his beloved birds are back, nothing can spoil his good mood--until a cat named Muffins arrives next door. Muffins terrifies the birds and interrupts Fookwire's painting. He even gives the squirrels wet willies! How can this bully be stopped? Someone had bet ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Clarion Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.03  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,010 ratings  ·  140 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Squirrel wedgies!! I mean, really, any book that discusses squirrel wedgies is going to be a hit with first graders. Since I have only reluctantly become fond of the cats that I happen to live with, I'm not at all sad that the bad guy cat is defeated by the clever squirrels and helpful birds.

I totally enjoyed Those Darn Squirrels! and while this second book is not quite as strong, these two books will certainly appeal to kids who like ridiculous and funny picture books.

And I want to know if th
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-books
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This picture book has a great sense of humor! You know, I think my cat Finn would be friends with Muffins, honestly. I'll have to read more of this series. ...more
Nancy Kotkin
In this sequel to Those Darn Squirrels!, a mean cat moves in next door and torments the squirrels. Until the squirrels develop a plan. Just as entertaining and funny as the previous Darn Squirrels book.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This one lost me when the cat gave the squirrels wedgies.... whaaaaaa?!
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Keegan (now) and Sophie (when she's older)
Shelves: picture-books
This book is laugh-aloud funny from the hilarious illustrations to the names - Mr. Fookwire, the floogle bird - to the situations - "the sneaky cat pounced on an unsuspecting group of squirrels and gave them all wedgies - not an easy thing to do because generally squirrels do not wear underpants." (Imagine the picture that goes with that line!) Mr. Fookwire is a crotchety old man who loves birds, but is continually confounded by those darn squirrels. The squirrels finish the old man's crossword ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My kids asked me to read this book three times the day we brought it home from the library and I didn't mind at all. The illustrations of Old Man Fookwire made us laugh every time we turned the page. I highly recommend this book just to see what it looks like when a squirrel receives a wedgie. Very Funny. ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even if the rest of this book were no good (not true at all- very fun, like the first one), the illustration of the squirrels receiving wedgies from the cat would make it brilliant. Laughed. Out. Loud.
This book includes terminology that I was hoping to not have to explain to my listener. Thankfully, she was not listening that closely... or maybe I've been reading picture books to myself with only the pretense of having a listener... ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the funniest book I've ever read. The cat gave the squirrel wedgies, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Sometimes we have to team up and work together to solve problems, and sometimes we have to collaborate with those that we don't necessarily get along with or even like. Mr. Fookwire is a grumpy fellow that lives alone. He loves summer and hates winter because he likes to spend as much time with his backyard birds as possible. He feeds them, paints pictures of them, and enjoys watching them. The squirrels in is yard are a different story. Mr. Fookwire is completely annoyed by their antics. Howeve ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Everyone in town loved her. But no one could stand her cat, Muffins. He was a real jerk."

Little Old Lady Hu moves in next door to Old Man Fookwire. And Muffins begins to bully. He even gives a group of squirrels a wedgie (which is "not an easy thing to do, because generally squirrels do not wear underpants.") So, the squirrels, those "champions of the forest", devise a plan to stop Muffins.

Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The pictures in this book are hilarious!!! That cat looks like the biggest jerk, and it seems like he takes pride in being quite mean. He gets his "tail tied" in the end. The only problem that I have with the book was that it was a little too wordy. This is a funny little story. ...more
Grumpy old man Fookwire's new neighbor, little old lady Hu, moves in next door with her cat muffins, who is a real jerk. After bulling the squirrels and terrorizing Fookwire's birds, the squirrels develop a plan to teach muffin a much needed lesson. ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This book is cute but is a bit wordy for most young children. However, if you have a young reader who wants something to bridge the gap between picture books and juvenile fiction, this book would might be a good pick. Recommend for children around grade 2.
The Campbell Family
We picked this up as we love Dragons Love Tacos. However, this just didn't hit the same note for us. Not as fun as DLT. I see that this is apparently a sequel/companion book, perhaps we need to read the original "Those Darn Squirrels" first. ...more
Absolutely loved this story, but my favorite part were the hilarious illustrations. I was excited to see it's part of a series. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best children's book series I have ever read ...more
Noah Durell
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as "Dragons Love Tacos" but still entertaining. ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite children's serires due to the sheer silliness. The man's name is funny, the antics of the animals is funny. It's a humorous book. ...more
Danielle Mootz
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
We cannot get enough of Old Man Fookwire and these silly squirrels. We crack up everytime he starts waving his fists in the air and yell with him in unison.
Miss Sarah
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A new neighbor and her cat have moved into the neighborhood. How will Mr. Fookwire and the squirels react. preschool and upf or length. cute entry in the series
Ms Threlkeld
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the humor, but disappointed by the ending. The problem was resolved way too easily.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very, very funny!
Lisa C
Jun 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: children-s
This one is so funny. My 4yo daughter and nearly 10yo son were both busting up with me. I can imagine the author and illustrator just laughing and laughing as they created this book.
Joan Huehnerhoff
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the writing and the cat next door
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
A grumpy neighbor, a new sweet neighbor, an terrible bully cat and the best squirrels and birds a neighborhood could have. A humorous book for the older crowd
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adam Rubin's hilarious wording pairs perfectly with Daniel Salmieri's chuckle-inducing imagery. An absolute favourite!
"Fookwire snapped his suspenders with delight"
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lincoln loved this. We have loved all of the "Darn Squirrels" books. ...more
Debra Schoenberger
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hysterically funny! Didn't know you could give a squirrel a wedgie. haha ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!
  • Be Quiet!
  • You Don't Want a Unicorn!
  • A Parade of Elephants
  • The Book Hog
  • One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller
  • The Wall in the Middle of the Book
  • Green on Green
  • The Good Egg (The Bad Seed, #2)
  • Leave Me Alone!
  • Creepy Pair of Underwear!
  • Be Kind
  • The Rough Patch
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar
  • Jabari Tries (Jabari, #2)
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
  • The Undefeated
  • We Will Rock Our Classmates
See similar books…
Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of ten critically-acclaimed picture books, including the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, Robo-Sauce and El Chupacabras (short-listed for the 2018 Texas Blue Bonnet award). He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day ...more

Other books in the series

Those Darn Squirrels (3 books)
  • Those Darn Squirrels!
  • Those Darn Squirrels Fly South

News & Interviews

Care to travel to past times for some serious drama? Check out this season's biggest historical fiction novels and be transported to tales of...
41 likes · 18 comments