I was going through the shelves at my school library one day when our librarian asked me if I was looking for anything in particular. I told her I wasn’t, that I was just looking. She suggested this great, colorful book written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Spires takes our local history and adds a fun twist to the story of Larf.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and there has always been talk of Bigfoot or Sasquatch living in the mountains, but no actual sightings of him or her have ever been documented. Bigfoot is described as big, hairy, and roaming on 2 legs with a human body shape.
Larf is a sasquatch, living a nice, quiet life in the woods with his friend Eric the bunny.
Spires does an amazing watercolor of Larf being just that; big, hairy, and roaming the woods on 2 feet. He has oversized hands and feet, with his body covered in brown hair.
One day as he is reading the newspaper with Eric close by and a nice red scarf wrapped around on his neck, he reads an article on how
“a sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance today in the nearby city of Hunderfitz.”
Larf thinks about how he doesn’t have a trip planned, and that Wednesday’s are laundry days! That makes him realize “he is NOT the only sasquatch in the world!” He decides he has to meet this other sasquatch! So he dresses himself to blend in, straps Eric the bunny in a pouch on his front and off he goes on this crazy adventure!
Larf is a great, colorful story for kids ages 3-7.
My kindergarten class loved the story, especially Eric! The students had some great questions about Larf: Are sasquatches real? Where do they live? What do they eat? It was great seeing Larf as this friendly beast who does everyday things like you and I. He likes to jog, garden, and watch movies. I know I have had those anxiety feelings when having to meet someone new, or start a new job and hope to make a few new friends.
I LOVE HOW SPIRES ENDS THE STORY WITH LARF MAKING A LIST OF THINGS HE HAS TO DO WHEN HE GETS HOME!
SOME OTHER GREAT BOOKS IF YOU LIKED LARF ARE:
The Most Magnificent Things by Ashley Spires – about a little girl who gathers a collection of things and is determined to make the most magnificent thing with her dog! Amazing illustrati
E-mergency by Ezra Fields-Meyer – about the letter E taking a fall and the other letters in the alphabet trying to help fix her!