Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

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by David Sedaris, Ian Falconer
     
 

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Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy

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Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.

Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Kellogg
Wickedly funny....These are some of Sedaris's best stories...The animals have given Sedaris's humor some new teeth: tiny and sharp, and sometimes even ready to draw blood.
Los Angeles Times
Chris Jones
Wry and amusing.
Chicago Tribune
Craig Wilson
Great fun.
USA Today
Heller McAlpin
Outrageous....Wonderful...Sedaris's anthropomorphized creatures may seem domesticated, but this book, like his more familiar essays, is...wildly inspired—and a rip-roaring hoot.
NPR
Leah Greenblatt
For the strong-stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-sized Snicker bars with a nougaty strychnine center.
Entertainment Weekly
Raleigh News & Observer
"The funniest man on the planet."
Leah Greenblatt - Entertainment Weekly
"For the strong-stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-sized Snicker bars with a nougaty strychnine center."
Craig Wilson - USA Today
"Great fun."
Carolyn Kellogg - Los Angeles Times
"Wickedly funny....These are some of Sedaris's best stories...The animals have given Sedaris's humor some new teeth: tiny and sharp, and sometimes even ready to draw blood."
Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune
"Wry and amusing."
Heller McAlpin - NPR
"Outrageous....Wonderful...Sedaris's anthropomorphized creatures may seem domesticated, but this book, like his more familiar essays, is...wildly inspired--and a rip-roaring hoot."
Publishers Weekly
Like a modern-day Aesop or La Fontaine, Sedaris has his darkly comic and deeply cynical (if somewhat rambling) morality stories enacted by animals. Although Sedaris typically narrates his works solo, here he is joined by Dylan Baker, Siân Phillips, and (the incomparable) Elaine Stritch. The dry tones of both women are particularly well suited to the knowing commentary offered by various domesticated, barnyard, and wild animals on casual racism, self-congratulatory sanctimony, poor excuses for adultery, and fad spiritualism, among other common societal ills. The audiobook features a bonus fable not available in the text version of the book; in addition, the third CD includes PDFs of the book's illustrations by Ian Falconer (writer/illustrator of the Olivia picture book series). A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)
Judith Newman - People
PRAISE FOR WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES:

"He's the best there is."

Christopher Muther - Boston Globe
"A joy to read....Sedaris [is] a connoisseur of human nature at its worst."
Mark Washburn - Charlotte Observer
"Sedaris is certainly worthy of hero worship....He is a master pathfinder."
From the Publisher
"Outrageous....Wonderful...Sedaris's anthropomorphized creatures may seem domesticated, but this book, like his more familiar essays, is...wildly inspired—and a rip-roaring hoot."—Heller McAlpin, NPR"

Wickedly funny....These are some of Sedaris's best stories...The animals have given Sedaris's humor some new teeth: tiny and sharp, and sometimes even ready to draw blood."—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times"

Wry and amusing."—Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune"

For the strong-stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-sized Snicker bars with a nougaty strychnine center."—Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly"

Great fun."—Craig Wilson, USA Today"

The funniest man on the planet."—Raleigh News & Observer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316038409
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
194,115
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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