Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Book 68 of my 2014 Reading Challenge

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Summary (via Goodreads)
Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. 
In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.
With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

My Opinion
This was a super fast read. Stories about animals with moral lessons will draw an inevitable comparison to Aesop. The dark drawings contrast the funny lightness of the stories, and they spell out the lessons for readers who don't get subtlety. 

Favorite Story
"The Crow and the Lamb"

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