Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Modern Aesop

It turns out I was a bit misinformed going into Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris. I knew it was a collection of stories involving animals, but I thought the would be about a squirrel that followed his sister home, or his French neighbor's annoying chicken. Instead, the animals were the main characters, taking on human characteristics in fable-like stories that mimicked some of the quirks of modern social life.

The stories were interesting enough, but a little on the dark side and not as funny as a typical Sedaris story. The illustrations (by the author of those Olivia children's books) were a cute and clever touch. I would have been happy reading just one or two of these, though, instead of an entire collection all at once.

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