Sedaris’ offbeat humor married to Ian Falconer’s brilliant illustrations makes for a book of rare beauty. The childlike humor of the illustrations contrasts with the dark, dark humor of the stories in a grotesque marriage of pictures and text that causes the mind to reel.
Unlike Sedaris’ usual collection of personal essays, these are stories of animals with human characteristics. They include some of my favorites such as the title story, that I have heard him read on the radio. Others are new to me. They all carry echoes of his voice: darkly sardonic, bitingly satirical, and very, very funny.