How to Spot a Sasquatch.
How to Spot a Sasquatch
written by J. Torres
illustrated by Aurelie Grand
OwlKids Books, 2018
978-1-77147-277-7 (hc) $17.95
for Grades 2 to 5
Graphic Novel | Camping | Sasquatch | Friendship
While on a camping trip, Jay is determined to photograph a Sasquatch even while being ridiculed by his three fellow Junior Campers. After finding a strange footprint, realizing their snacks have disappeared and discovering their campfire has been mysteriously drenched, everyone but Jay remains skeptical. While Sass the Sasquatch and her animal pals have enjoyed pranking the campers, her adoptive bear parents insist she stay away from humans. When Jay catches a glimpse of Sass while fishing, he follows her, only to fall into a rushing river. Sass manages to save Jay and soon, after the two finally connect face to face, they become friends. Thinking about the consequences of revealing Sass's existence to the world, Jay promises to keep their friendship a secret.
Torres and Grand's early-reader graphic novel features a simple narrative with a diverse cast of characters. The camp story is a familiar one in children's literature but remains a popular trope. Grand's artwork is clear and crisp and enhances the playful elements of the story. Sass's character design and facial expressions convey her free-spirited personality and her friendly good nature. The humour in this book lies in Jay's insistence that the Sasquatch is real and the multiple near misses of spotting her. The most unexpected element in this graphic novel is Torres's decision to make Sass a female Sasquatch adopted by a pair of bears and just as curious about humans as Jay is about her. How to Spot a Sasquatch is perfect for younger readers being introduced to graphic novels and also for more seasoned readers looking for a light fun read.
Scott Robins is a Children's Services Specialist at Toronto Public Library and co-author of A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics.