Monday, October 14, 2013
A Review of 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk' by David Sedaris
if mice kept pets and toads could cuss,
if dogs had wives and chipmunks dated,
sheep sat still and meditated,
then in the forest, field, and dairy
you might find this bestiary,
read by storks, by rats and kitties,
skimmed by cows with milk-stained titties.
"I found the book to be most droll,"
might quip the bear, the owl, the mole.
Others, though, would be more coarse.
"Bull," could sat the pig and the horse.
As to the scribe, they'd quote the hen:
"Trust me, he's no La Fontaine."
While perusing my local Half Price Books, I stumbled upon this gem. I have no prior experience with the writing of David Sedaris, but after reading "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" I'm definitely going to look into more of his books.
This is a book of short stories. Each short story is about an animal in some kind of situation with associate with being human. Chipmunks and squirrels go on uncomfortable dates, a dog is married to and cheats on a curmudgeon of a wife, an owl mourns the loss of the mate she was supposed to spend the rest of her life with... the list goes on and on.
Besides the fact that these stories are completely relate-able, I found them to be quite witty and charming. I haven't read a book that made me giggle out loud for a really long time, so this was a treat! Plus, the illustrations are interesting (and sometimes disturbing). It sort of feels like this book was made for me-- it's wonderful!
I would recommend this book to anyone who has trouble getting into short stories or to someone who is looking for a good laugh.
I give 'Squirrel Meets Chipmunk':