Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 24: Because my husband thinks they're cute

We like squirrels.  They are one of my favorite things about fall.  Our neighborhood is filled with them scurrying about.  One even fell into our pool last month.  We were about to launch a full-scale rescue attempt, complete with daring spy music, when the terrified little fellow found his way out through the filter.

(Full-disclosure:  What really happened was: I yelled hysterically, "Save him! Save him!" while pointing at my husband to do the dirty work.  The kids totally would have burst into spy song had a true rescue been needed.   Thankfully, within seconds, our dripping wet rodent friend freed himself).

All that to say, we have some squirrelly favorites around here this month:

Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin (illustrated by Daniel Salmieri) is a fun book all the way around.  It's about a cranky old man and his feud with the local squirrels.  The writing's funny and clever.  The illustrations are funny and quirky.  And because of Old Man Fookwire you get to say things like, "Great Googley-Moogley!"  And who hasn't been dying for an excuse to say that one day?  Because I don't really want my boys going around saying darn, I usually just say, "Those squirrels!" and they still think it's hilarious.  We've also been enjoying Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door.  

Our other squirrel-related crush is Mario Makes a Move by Jill McElmurry.

Mario thinks he's all that with his amazing moves.  He's got names for all of them.  My personal favorite is the Tail, Don't Fail.  But they're all pretty hilarious.  It's worth a zoom in:

Mario wows his family and inflates his ego until he meets Isabelle, who has her own amazing moves and is quite unimpressed with his.  I love the diagrams and their little rivalry.  In the end, these high-flying cuties combine their efforts to be even more amazing.

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