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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537013
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "World, meet Larf. The seven-foot-tall, bunny-owning, red-scarf-wearing, ultrahairy Sasquatch lives in happy isolation in the woods, and though he's been spotted a few times, his cover's never been blown because 'people rarely believe in anything new and strange.' So what could the notice in the paper about a Sasquatch making an appearance in town be all about? Larf dons a cunning disguise (beard, beret, and blue jeans) and heads off to investigate in hopes that he might just find someone else like him, a friend with whom to teeter-totter or muse about the burdens of being a beast. It turns out to be a sham -- a guy in a flimsy suit -- but in the end, Larf meets a real-life second Sasquatch (a girl, no less!), who's also there in disguise to see what all the fuss is about. Spires, creator of the ever-fun graphic novels starring Binky the Space Cat, offers a doozy of a picture book here. Her cartoony sensibility and big, bold pages will be enjoyed by large groups and independent readers alike. The nicely timed giggles and aww-cute critters will bring plenty of smiles, and if kids learn a bit about independence and making friends, all the better." --Booklist (starred review)

"Humor has always been a strong suit for Spires, and her drily funny storytelling and drolly detailed illustrations (such as the beret and fake beard that constitute Larf's 'disguise') will entertain children, older siblings, and adults alike. Ages 3-7." --Publishers Weekly

"Children love books about creatures that are different and they will surely love this one. The story has humor and sweetness. The illustrations are big and wonderful, and Larf is given space to be himself in all of them. Larf is sure to draw laughs." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book and it was adorable, as all Ashley Spires books are. I checked it out of the library for my 7 year old, but I couldn't stand to wait for her to come home from school to read it so I cheated :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on August 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Larf is a Sasquatch, and he is pretty sure he is the only one. Sure, he sees others on TV, but they are obviously not the real deal. When he hears there will be another one making an appearance, he has to leave the comforts of his secluded home to go check it out. What he finds might just surprise him.

We have had Larf at the library where I work for quite awhile. It checks out periodically, and I always smile when it does, knowing that another child is going to get to enjoy a wonderful story. This one is a go to for me when I do story times for older children. It is just a little too long for preschoolers in a story time setting, but those that like the Bigfoot aspect will surely enjoy it. I have read it to ages ranging from kindergarten to about 4th grade. They all seem to understand the concept, and the older ones pick up on some of the little joys of the book (like mistaking a relative for a Sasquatch.) The illustrations fit the story perfectly. This one is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love unusual children's books. The cover on this one makes it very apparent this is a winner. Even before we opened the book, we had a good laugh at the name Larf. Then we made up some rhymes, because Larf obviously rhymes with some other funny words. Only then did we settle down to read the book.

Larf is a hairy, seven foot tall sasquatch. As the general public tends to be alarmed by sasquatches, he has wisely chosen to live a quiet life in the woods with his little bug-eyed bunny, Eric. For the most part, he's happy with his solitary life, but sometimes he longs to meet someone who understands him.

One morning, Larf is shocked to read in the newspaper that another sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance in a city near him. After some careful deliberation, he decides he cannot pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One thin disguise (short pants, a red scarf, and a beret) later, Larf is on his way. En route, he imagines what this fellow sasquatch might be like, alternating between being apprehensive and excited.

To Larf's utter disappointment, the other sasquatch is just a regular sized dude in a fur suit. A big fat faker. Larf resigns himself to returning to his quiet life when he looks up to the surprise of a lifetime. And this time she's the real deal - no zipper in her fur suit, and her feet rival Larf's in size. Sigh. And that is the story of how Larf met Shurl, and probably went on to lead a slightly less quiet life.

There are tons of very funny, unusual details in the illustrations, but my very favorite is how Larf straps Eric the bunny into a carrier on his chest for the trip, a la Bunny Bjorn. Eric is free to look around, but his little arms and legs dangle down helplessly. Ha! Ashley Spires previously wrote Small Saul, which was also delightfully quirky.
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By JS on April 1, 2014
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This book is very clever and funny. Larf is very likable character. Larf makes you want to meet a Sasquatch.
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We stumbled upon this book at the library, when searching for something to read to my 2.5 year old. He immediately liked, then loved this book, asking us to read it again and again. We also liked it; it contains humor that only adults will understand, as well as great pictures and a fun/cute storyline that kids and adults will both like. After SEVERAL readings, it was my son who noticed a "Larfette" foot coming out of a bus adjacent to the one Larf rides to town... I had completely missed this clever illustration. When I gave my son the choice of ordering a few books from Amazon, he said he wanted Larf to be one of them. We're happy!
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