Friday, December 10, 2010

Review: Squirrel seeks Chipmunk

Author: David Sedaris
Format:Little, Brown and Company (2010),  Hardcover, 176 pages
Genre: short stories; humor
Source: A contest win from Mason Canyon,

What a delightful, ironic, satirical collection of short stories.  Each features a different animal,or pair of animals, anthropomorphised to react to specific human conditions - nothing spectacular, just every day life, every day prejudices, everyday fears and expectations.  Each story is only 4-5 pages and can be read in under 10 minutes.  It is the perfect book to give to someone who claims to be anon-reader.  It is a perfect book to put on the bedside table in the guest bedroom.  It is a perfect book to tuck into a purse to have something to read in a waiting room.  It is very adult, not really a kiddie book in spite of the animal themes and fun illustrations by Ian Falconer.

I couldn't help but see the squirrel and chipmunk as Romeo and Juliet, and the story of the cat in a prison AA meeting had me rolling on the floor.  The cow who was involved in a Secret Santa  group in the barnyard was particularly  appropriate for this time of year.

It's a perfect stocking stuffer, but be sure to get one for yourself first.


  1. the cat in a prison AA meeting..ok, that got my attention. lol

  2. I'm a big David Sedaris fan and I'm looking forward to getting this book! Great review!

  3. It does look cute! And I like books that you can read in pieces with those short chapters.

  4. I'm hoping Santa puts this in my stocking this year.


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