Ashley Spires
Ashley Spires

No one believes Larf exists, and he likes it that way. Larf, you see, is a sasquatch, the only sasquatch in the world (or so it seems). He has a very pleasant, and very private, life in the woods, where on any given day he might be found jogging, gardening or walking Eric, his pet bunny. But everything changes one morning when Larf discovers that another sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance in the nearby city of Hunderfitz. What?! That must mean he's not the only sasquatch in the world!
Excited by the prospect of having a friend to share hair grooming tips with (and let's face it, teeter-tottering alone is no fun), Larf disguises himself as a city slicker and heads for Hunderfitz --- where he's in for a couple enormous surprises.
Ashley Spires once again shows her chops for creating irresistible, quirky characters and laugh-aloud stories and illustrations. Readers with little feet and big feet will fall head over heels for Larf.

978-1-55453-701-3 | Apr 1, 2012
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-894786-73-7 | Aug 1, 2014
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Educational Resources

Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“... a story that exudes its own dry warmth.”
— Kirkus Reviews, January 2012
“Humor has always been a strong suit for Spires, and her drily funny storytelling will entertain children, older siblings, and adults alike.”
— Publisher's Weekly, March 2012
“The story has humor and sweetness ... Larf is sure to draw laughs.”
— School Library Journal, March 2012
“... a doozy of a picture book ... big, bold pages will be enjoyed by big groups and independent readers alike.”
— Booklist, Starred Review, April 2012
“... funny and comforting.”
— The Toronto Star, July 2012
2014 - Treasure State Award, Montana University, Short-listed
2014 - Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, The Washington Library Media Association, Short-listed
2014 - Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2013 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association, Commended

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