February 10, 2011

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Category: Books
Picture from Google Image

Make no mistake – this is no children’s book despite its kiddy sounding title and illustrations.

Where do I begin?

Apart from the fact that this book is essentially a collection of short stories, it is also a type of book I cannot even begin to describe to anyone. The bestiary characters in this book are so humanised such that it feels as if you are reading an  R-rated fable-like tales of animals sporting atypical human trait. It is extremely quirky, yet entertaining and hilarious at the same time. You have no idea how many times I burst out laughing out loud while reading it just before bedtime, startling Silver Bullet, making him wonder what has gotten into me(And I cannot quite explain to him why!)

Every story has a depiction of different animals.  It was written in such a way that it has an underlying undertone which we humans can so easily identify with…except that it was all captured in a context of animals in and of the wilderness. [Imagine a sycophantic Baboon hairdresser gossiping to a very disengaged cat (his client ) about a dog (his client and friend) so as to make conversation, and at the same time spread some gossips.]

It is a great book and wickedly funny. You just got to have to read it to “get it”. It’s a riot!

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