If you are familiar with--and like--the other works of David Sedaris, this might not be the book for you. Perhaps you have to know the old bestiary tales for this to be the book for you; the old Aesop or Reynard the Fox tales. Because this is a bestiary--The tales put human thoughts and actions into the mouths and beaks of animals. By doing this, the writer can better show hypocrisy and foibles and other negative attributes of humans. It works here, and it is sometimes funny, but it seems to lack the heart and good-natured observation about the human condition that is the hallmark of Sedaris' other work. There seems to be, hiding behind the device, a sense of cruelty hiding behind the stories. This is not the David Sedaris I know, and I feel uncomfortable hearing it. His voice is here, but something unnameable is missing.