cover image Don’t Squish the Sasquatch!

Don’t Squish the Sasquatch!

Kent Redeker, illus. by Bob Staake. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-5232-3

As the title suggests, unadulterated silliness is the raison d’etre for this collaboration between Staake (Look! A Book!) and TV writer and producer Redeker. (As the title also suggests: this sasquatch is gonna get squished.) The story begins with the tall, long-limbed Señor Sasquatch—sharply dressed in a black suit and fedora—climbing onto a bus piloted by the aptly named Mr. Blobule. “I hope it doesn’t get too crowded,” he tells the driver. “I do not like to get squished!” Sure enough, the bus fills up with one hybrid creature after another, each stranger than the last, until the bus explodes with a giant “ka-blooey” on a four-page foldout spread. Working in his characteristically exaggerated style, Staake fills the pages with details of urban life, while focusing on the yellow bus and its unusual passengers. Redeker’s prose consists almost entirely of dialogue (“Of course you may ride my bus, Miss Loch-Ness-Monster-Space-Alien!”), as well as the repeated titular refrain, emphasizing that this is a book to be read aloud. Loudly. Ages 1–5. Illustrator’s agent: Gillian MacKenzie, the Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (June)