Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but neither did it fail to amuse me. Sedaris has written a collection of short stories (illustrated by Ian Falconer, the genius creator of the Olivia picture books) told from the perspective of animals…if they were human. However, do not mistake it for a nice cutesy read like the stuff by Beatrix Potter. Some of the stories and the illustrations accompanying them are more than a little disturbing.
Sedaris is a clever man. This book is a satirical observation of human thought, behaviour, and relationships, played out by household pets and common rodents. You can’t help but shake your head and chuckle at the ridiculous-ness of human nature at the end of every story.
I also loved the fact that the stories were only a few pages long, each one easily devoured within minutes, squeezed in between other activities.
So what short stories have you enjoyed reading this summer?