I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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The truth about Sasquatch is revealed.

By the accidental means of a fallen bubble-gum trail in the woods, a cheerfully spunky, unnamed girl comes to befriend Sasquatch, who importunes her to get the message out that he is friendly and lovable. And that’s about it as far as the plot is concerned. Bradley superimposes computer-drawn characters against a verdant, photographic background, creating visual interest, but this book falls flat with its lack of substance and story. It may appeal to those attracted to cute for the sake of cute, as when the narrator points out that Sasquatch smells like blueberries and likes hugs, but should be avoided by those seeking a story in which something happens. It attempts humor, as when Sasquatch is first inadvertently caught when blowing a bubble-gum bubble, but the humor does not support an actual plot and so fizzles out. Ultimately the picture-book format seems a conceptual mismatch for what might work as a webcomic or as a fleshed-out children's comic series, wherein Sasquatch actually did something besides introduce himself to the bespectacled girl who is the perky narrator of this inane tale. However, this book will undoubtedly find an audience in those simply seeking visual appeal.

Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4795-6482-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2015


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