Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
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66%

14 Critic Reviews

The big problem with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk isn't merely that line by line it's not funny, it's that it's deeply, structurally not capable of being funny.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed 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.
 

About David Sedaris

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David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." He is the author of the books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Barrel Fever.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 185 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
All: 14 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 5

Guardian

Below average
on Nov 27 2010

The big problem with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk isn't merely that line by line it's not funny, it's that it's deeply, structurally not capable of being funny.

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Examiner

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Filled with plenty of snark, some self-deprecating humor and brilliantly sharp satire...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 26 2010

I know that Sedaris fans will scoop this book up with a spoon...

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Globe and Mail

Above average
on Oct 01 2010

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is an extraordinary little book, almost indescribable, but one that also feels quite familiar.

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AV Club

Below average
on Sep 30 2010

...the collection largely lacks Sedaris’ usual gentle wit and sophistication.

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LA Times

Good
on Oct 10 2010

The imbalance of good and evil feels contemporary...This mix — of not-nice with playful and predictable — keeps the collection surprising.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Sep 22 2010

Only the final story, ''The Grieving Owl,'' offers a hint of a happily-ever-after — and even that involves (no joke) a rabble of singing, anus-dwelling leeches.

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About.com

Good

Sedaris uses the resemblance of his animal characters to his human audience in a powerful way.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good

...the fact that the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is David Sedaris will be enough to persuade many readers to give the book a shot. And they won't be disappointed.

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Boomtron

Excellent
on Sep 28 2010

There are simple lessons to be learned throughout the book, but more importantly one should walk away from this book thinking some pretty heavy thoughts.

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Kansas City Public Library

Below average
on Dec 13 2010

...Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is vulgar, violent, bizarre, and at times even stomach-turning.

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My Entertainment World

Above average
on Feb 17 2012

...I don’t think I’m going to read this again. And for me, re-reading is the surest sign of love for a book.

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Creative Loafing

Good
on Oct 01 2010

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk should earn Sedaris some fresh recognition...

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Ocala.com

Good
on Oct 07 2010

...these words are as beautifully written as they are ruthlessly funny and questionably tasteful.

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