Larf by Ashley Spires

Larf by Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: Childrens, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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.

Even sasquatches get lonely sometimes.

Larf was a such a lovable character. His anxiety about possibly meeting another member of his kind was completely understandable. Seeing him worry about what other members of his kind would be like also made it easy to empathize with him. I wanted nothing more than for him to have a good time and for all of his concerns to turn out to not be true after all.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story was its ending. While the beginning and middle were written nicely, the final scene didn’t give me the sense of closure I was hoping to get from it. It simply happened and then left me wondering what the characters might have done next. It would have been nice to either stretch that scene out by another page or spend more time building up to it earlier on in the plot.

I’ve been interested in sasquatches for almost as long as I can remember. Ms. Spires’ theories about what these creatures are like were as adorable as they were imaginative. I really enjoyed seeing how she imagined what life would be like for Larf. His days in the forest were spent doing everything from caring for his pet rabbit to reading the newspaper. He was so human-like that I could totally understand why humans would want to see him for themselves.

Larf made me smile. I’d recommend it to anyone who has ever worried about the future.

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