* "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
"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.