Literature: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Title: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk // Author: David Sedaris // Publisher: Little, Brown and Company // Pub. Date: September, 2010 // 176 p.

David Sedaris’s Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk remains on the NYT bestseller list for the eighth week in a row. This does not surprise me, as Sedaris’s last three collections of personal essays (Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You are Engulfed in Flames) were immediate bestsellers. Even though Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk’s success does not surprise me, its content does. This book is a collection of fables, but these are the adult-only versions of the stories our parents read to us as children. In this wacky world that only Sedaris could dream up, animal characters take vacations, go on dates, and go to jail. The result is a collection that’s not only surprising but also bizarre and disturbing—but in a funny way, of course (this being Sedaris). Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of the bestselling Olivia series of children’s books, illustrates Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and he somehow manages to capture the essence of these characters. Falconer’s illustrations mirror the style that Sedaris sets forth with visuals that are as hilarious or as gruesome as the stories themselves. Like Sedaris, Falconer’s not queasy at the thought of blood and guts, nor does he shy away from including them in his illustrations. I’d highly recommend this book for those who can stomach it—it’s innovative and entertaining; it’s dark and (sometimes) deep—David Sedaris through and through.

To read my more in-depth review of this book, click here to read it on the About.com Contemporary Literature website.

Photo credit: Little, Brown and Company

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