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SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK By: David Sedaris October 12, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     David Sedaris is a riot, and the Lycan Librarian is willing to immediately arm wrestle anyone who says otherwise. Every single one of his books are worth the time it takes to read them, and not one is disappointing in any way. But now Sedaris has a new claim to stake — he is our modern world’s Aesop.

     If the stories in this collection had people rather than animals serving as protagonists, it probably would have to be listed under horror, because some pretty nasty things happen. But people (this reader aside) more easily accept brutality toward animals. The stories are short and poignant, and the illustrations, done by Ian Falconer, the author of the fabulous Olivia books, are, alone, worth the price of the book. As always, the Lycan Librarian hesitates to say too much about the plots of these sharp-toothed tales, but will tell you they include cats, birds, bears, snakes, dogs, rats, turkeys and rabbits, among others, and many of mankind’s vices. The bear story almost drew tears from the Lycan Librarian’s baby browns. This selection is nothing short of genius!



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