I am a big fan of David Sedaris and was looking forward to his next novel. I admire his storytelling ability and his sense of sarcasm and wit. However, this book just didnt have the same effect on me. Except for the dark humor, it seemed like a children's story book with the pictures and animal stories. I was able to finish the book in a few hours. Reading any of his other novels is Definitely a better investment of time!