In my pursuit of the newest book by David Sedaris, I discovered his Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Although I adore(d) the title, this was not a book for me at first glance. I’m pretty much a realist fiction kind of person with a good measure of poetic prose. But, since it’s David Sedaris, I thought I would give it a chance. And, I’m so glad I did. It was a delight–as are all of his books.
Reading it, I found myself looking forward to the time when I am able to share books with my three-year old nephew. Don’t get me wrong, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is not for young children. It is full of f-bombs and adult content, but the protagonists are all animals dealing with real human problems. Not unlike many children’s books that have animal protagonists dealing with real human child problems.
Right now, my nephew has a few books that we both like reading together. Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of joy out of The Monster Under My Bed by James Howe, for example. These are not books I would ever seek out on my own, but I appreciate them. I love our time together spend reading a book and naming all of the things we see on a page. I’m already looking forward to the day when we are able to share more of our favorite literature with each other.