Strangers in the woods become friends.
A sasquatch who’s wearing red high-tops and carrying a camera meets a gray-bearded, flannel-wearing lumberjack: “STRANGERS.” That doesn’t last long. In the “autumn” they “forage” for mushrooms and “pick” apples. In the “winter” they skate and go ice fishing, “climb” a mountain, and “slide” down the other side. In the “spring” they “hike” and “roast” marshmallows, and they ride a tandem “bike.” And in the “summer” they “swim” and “float” lazily on a lake…and by the end, they are, of course, best “friends.” This quietly adventurous tale of a growing friendship between two unlikely buddies begins on the front endpapers with the characters in photos by themselves. Over the course of 15 full-bleed, double-page spreads, each with only one word, set in all capital letters, the two build their friendship in the forest. Two tiny friends, a bumblebee and a mouse, go along for the ride. And the closing endpapers are graced with selfies of the duo having fun together. Graphic novelist Sheridan’s simple tale of friendship is also a love note to the great outdoors. The colorfully muted illustrations are varied in perspective and full of humor (a surfing sasquatch in a wetsuit with an octopus on its back?!). The lumberjack is white; the sasquatch’s fur is rust-colored.
Emergent readers will quickly learn the text and tell their own tales of the duo’s adventures. (Picture book. 2-7)