Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Sedaris
Narrator: Dylan Baker , David Sedaris
Genres: Essays & Memoirs
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: June 2014
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of 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.

Reviews (11)

Written by Jeremy Monette on December 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you are familiar with--and like--the other works of David Sedaris, this might not be the book for you. Perhaps you have to know the old bestiary tales for this to be the book for you; the old Aesop or Reynard the Fox tales. Because this is a bestiary--The tales put human thoughts and actions into the mouths and beaks of animals. By doing this, the writer can better show hypocrisy and foibles and other negative attributes of humans. It works here, and it is sometimes funny, but it seems to lack the heart and good-natured observation about the human condition that is the hallmark of Sedaris' other work. There seems to be, hiding behind the device, a sense of cruelty hiding behind the stories. This is not the David Sedaris I know, and I feel uncomfortable hearing it. His voice is here, but something unnameable is missing.


Written by Anonymous on June 27th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I returned this book almost immediately. It was really bizarre and crude. Do not recommend

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Written by Kay Jerome on June 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

First story is a hair-dresser ape's version of a conversation she had with cat-client. Hilarious until the zinger at the end.

Squirrel seeks chipmunk

Written by neetabug on May 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Too dark and bizarre for me. After many years of Simply Audiobooks membership, this is the first selection I have sent back before finishing. I can usually find some redeeming quality,, but not this time.

Standard Sedaris, Darker

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I like listening to David Sedaris who often takes a very cynical look at life, poking at the idosycrities of people, like, and modern society. These stories continue with this, but seem to really focus on a darker vision of human interaction. They lack the sparkle of his usual humor, becomeing not just dark humor, but more simply 'dark.' Not unpleasant, not unamusing or invalid, but not something one should listen to in order to cheer up. If listen to do so in spurts, and have something cheerful or antidepressant on hand.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Written by heybert64 on February 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was sucked in to thinking this was going to be a cute, funny book by the first few stories. But, actually, this is a horrid book full of sad, repulsive stories. Maybe some of this is a real part of the animal world, but by no means is it humorous. I wasted money in both listening to only half of the cds and by purchasing what I thought was going to be a great gift for my daughter.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Written by Anonymous from East Bethel, MN on March 23rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Love David Sedaris, but this is just boring...I had to stop listening

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Written by Anonymous on March 1st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Funny. I like David Sedaris's other books better because I like the stories he writes about the people in his life. It is always fun to listen to him describe people he has interacted with in life and realize I know people just like that too (or that I am that person)

Funny, but short...

Written by Coco from Media, PA on January 12th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was funny. It was strange too, but so are people...I mean animals... I kept picturing the humans he must have based his characters on and that just made me laugh more. I listen to these books on my commute, so I wish it could have been longer, but I was very amused!

Not your usual Sedaris

Written by ML from Dallas, TX on January 2nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Very disappointing as it is NOTHING like Sedaris' usual books/writings. It has a small amount of dry comedic interest and I may have enjoyed it more had I not gone in expecting my customary Sedaris fix.

Author Details

Author Details

Sedaris, David

David Raymond Sedaris, born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, is an American humorist. He was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with his sister Amy Sedaris, a comedic actress and writer. They were raised Greek Orthodox members of a six sibling brood, years that Sedaris references back to constantly in his works. According to his writings, a lisp led to a love of all “s-less” words and to parents worried about his orientation while he was young. Sedaris has written that this all brought to him an incredible vocabulary. His satirical wit comes from a life filled with his own unique experiences and observations in which only he would find humor.

A declared sufferer of OCD while he was younger, Sedaris has written that smoking helped to cure him of the obsessive behaviors. Many criticize Sedaris on these claims while others wonder if he is only being satirical when making them. The privilege Sedaris has now to write and to get noticed did come easily. In 1977, he left both Kent State University and Duke University without a degree but finally earned one in 1987 from the Art Institute of Chicago.

His path to writing fame was a slow one as he had to take on jobs such as house cleaning to support himself. But his hilarious, thoughtful autobiographical works would soon become acclaimed. They were mostly written accounts early on about his teenage and young adult years where he experimented with drugs. Then he began to explore his family ties and his own homosexuality in his material. He has often contributed his short works to The New Yorker and Esquire magazine as well as delivered them on a radio show entitled “This American Life”, a Public Radio International distribution.

He has gained an international audience for his top selling books and collections of stories such as Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. He was even nominated for a Grammy for the category “Best Spoken Word Album for Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim. He has done gained mainstream attention in the states by doing shows like “The David Letterman Show”. And he was the editor for the book Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.

He and his sister Amy Sedaris are an explosively funny collaborative team. They write under the moniker “The Talent Family”. Many of their works were produced in New York City at The Drama Department and at the Lincoln Center. Brother and sister have created plays like The Book of Liz, Stump the Host as well as One Woman Shoe, an Obie Award-winning play.

David Sedaris has also won several awards on his solo material. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Album for David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall. Along with that distinction he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and was only the third writer to do so. Time magazine in 2001 had even honored him with the title of Humorist of the Year.

Presently, Sedaris resides in France with his partner Hugh Hamrick. However, Sedaris makes several tours throughout the United States on promotional book tours often. For 2008, Sedaris is panning to release a book titled Indefinite Leave to Remain.