It is not very often that a picture book about sasquatchs comes across my desk. In fact, this may be the first. Larf is a new picture book by Ashley Spires. It tells the story of a sasquatch named Larf who lives in the woods with his pet bunny, Eric. This is not a frightening, growling creature but a large, hairy, lonely one. Convinced that he is the only sasquatch in the world, Larf is tempted to venture into town when he sees an article in the newspaper that claims a sasquatch will be making an appearance that weekend. I won’t spoil the ending by telling what happens but Larf is surprised by what he finds.
The lovely illustrations charmingly convey Larf’s feelings, and his many different expressive facial expressions were one of the highlights of this story, which is a touching tale of friendship. It’s the perfect book to read aloud to children over 3 and it has enough humour in it to continue holding the interest of older children (and the adults reading to them).
We have the book in English and French, and, as a little hint, the English version will feature in this Sunday’s storytime lineup! Happy reading.