This morning I finished reading a very misleading book entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and written by David Sedaris. It was misleading as it was a collection of short stories about animals, therefore I thought that it would be a bunch of fluffy, feel good stories about cute little animals frolicking in the forest, but funny, as it is classified as a humour book. How wrong I was (about the fluffiness, not the funniness).
This was very quick and highly entertaining read. But please be warned that despite the fact it is stories about animals, it is by no means a children’s book (unless your child is Stewie from Family Guy). Each short story revolves around a central animal character, some in what could almost be described as human situations. It’s almost as though the author has turned real life situations and things that he has overheard, into some wonderfully humourous and bestial circumstances. For example the cat that goes to the baboon’s salon to be groomed before a party, or the toad, the turtle and the duck conversing with one another while waiting in a VERY long line (you know how it is).
The author has a truly witty way of writing and it makes even the more horrific things that occur throughout the book, seem less bad. And as ridiculous as some of the situations may seem, it’s still easy to relate to the characters. I think this is largely due to the fact that while it is ridiculous and perhaps a little exaggerated, there is always that human element to the way it is presented which makes you think “Oh yeah, I can imagine that happening in real life” or, “I know someone who would carry on exactly like that rabbit”.
So, if you have just finished reading a book that made you a little bit depressed or has really got you wondering what the meaning of life is, pick this book up and give it a go. I wouldn’t call it a thinking man’s book, but I can guarantee you that it will have you laughing out loud!
RATING – 9 out of 10.
WHO SHOULD READ IT – Not your children! Other than that, people who like a giggle, or people who need a giggle.
WHO YOU’LL LOVE – I loved the owl in the last story. A real thinker.
FAVOURITE QUOTE – ‘The chipmunk lay awake that night, imagining the unpleasantness that was bound to take place the following morning. What if jazz was squirrel slang for something terrible, like anal intercourse? “Oh, I like it too,” she’d said – and so eagerly!’