Literature / Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
- or to give it its full title, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
- is a collection of animal fables
by American humorist David Sedaris
. It can be seen as a Spiritual Successor
to Aesop's Fables
, although if anything the morals and the way they play out is even more cynical
. With gorgeous art by veteran children's illustrator Ian Falconer, the book could make a tempting gift for young children. Shoppers are strongly advised to read it through before making that call
Tropes present in these stories:
- Beast Fable: The central conceit of the collection.
- Crapsaccharine World: Filled with cute talking animals who are kinda racist, violent, and generally unhappy.
- Delivery Stork: Parodied in "The Parenting Stork", wherein a mama stork teaches her chick that mice deliver baby storks. On balance she doesn't seem to be any better or worse a parent than her sister, who teaches a more realistic view of sex.
- Eye Scream: At the end of "The Crow and the Lamb".
- Fantastic Racism: Seen throughout. In the first story a baboon hairdresser connives a bigger tip from her cat customer by feigning a hatred of dogs.
- The Farmer and the Viper: "The Mouse and the Snake" is a vsriation on this old Aesop, although in this case the aggressor never made any claims or promises.
- No Accounting for Taste: The Faithful Setter and his wife.
- Properly Paranoid: Deconstructed in "The Vigilant Rabbit".
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The Squirrel and the Chipmunk.
- Weight Woe: The Pig.