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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

3 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 3 hrs. Hachette Audio from AudioGO. 2010. ISBN 9781607889311. $39.99; 3 CDs. retail ed. Hachette Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. HUMOR
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Sedaris succeeds in crafting a collection of stories about animals that are as humorous as the stories he writes about the humans in his life. Think of these stories as warped facsimiles of Aesop's Fables: some are a bit dark, others are more lighthearted—all have a message, albeit one presented in a somewhat quirky way. Sedaris's talent is large enough to make it all work. Sedaris himself reads, along with three other adept performers: Elaine Stritch, Sian Phillips, and Dylan Baker. Each tackles those stories best suited to his/her individual talents. Sedaris's fans will be pleasantly surprised by this offbeat little gem; recommended. [Includes a PDF of illustrations by children's book author Ian Falconer.—Ed.]—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO
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