A chipmunk dating a squirrel, a curious owl, a violent rabbit, and vomit-eating flies are just some of the characters you’ll meet in this collection of short stories by David Sedaris . Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a less than cute set of tales and should not be confused with children’s stories. Many would be quite disturbing for young minds and probably not for those without a taste for grim overtones. I would guess Sedaris’ works parallels the tales of the Brothers Grimm’s works before they were “Disneyed” and toned down for young audiences. The book was enjoyable thought not for everyone.
“It was here that the toad entered the conversation. ‘You want pissed off: I got to the front of the line, I showed my ID, and I was then told that I needed two forms of it. Can you beat that? I said, ‘I didn’t see that ugly-assed bobcat give you two forms,’ and the one behind the counter, a black snake, she was, said that this was a special rule just for reptiles. ‘I said no problem, I’m an amphibian,’ And to this she goes – I kid you not – ‘Same difference.’ First off, I only mate in the water. Number two, the skin I was born with – I still got it. So don’t feed me any of that ‘same difference’ bullshit.”
I don’t think any of them started with “once upon a time” or ended with “and they all lived happily forever.”