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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
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Review of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris by David Sedaris

An old metaphorical phase goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

This is definitely one of those times when that phrase is correct. For you reader with kids, you might be familiar with the artwork right away (OLIVIA) Olivia by Ian Falconer.

The artwork is from “Children’s” Book Illustrator Ian Falconer. However, do not let that fool you, THIS IS NOT A KIDS BOOK… It is barely a book for rational adults, but who is really sane nowadays.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary is not a set of stories, set up like a children’s book. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is full of colorful characters and disturbing scenes.


David Sedaris uses animals to depict human/animal lives and behavior by using animals to tell the tales. The stories deal with subjects like prejudice, stereotyping others, what love is, trust, religion, and even death. Dark but lightened up with humor. Some parts of the book made will make you want stop reading and through it in the trash, but other stories will pull you right in and kept you going.


The book will make you laugh a little and gross you out a lot. Expect it, just glance at the artwork, and read the cover, that should say it all. This is a first read of David Sedaris. Either you will love his art of storytelling or you will not. Either way, take some time, expand your reading genre, and try it out. What do you have to lose "except an eye" (Insider, read the book).


Character Development:

The funny creatures in this book are decently developed. The short stories do not allow much room to develop the characters well. However, after each story, you will know who the character really is.

Book Flow:

A very quick read. Read the book in a day. Great for a weekend read, or when on a trip home from the forest.

Stars/Shots:
3 out of 5 Stars


Like it. Nevertheless, you will not be seeing this book on the living room table.

Jason "Book_Sniper" Martinez
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