cover image Bigfoot Is Missing!

Bigfoot Is Missing!

J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt, illus. by MinaLima. Chronicle, $17.99 (40p) I

Lewis and Nesbitt, the former and current U.S. Children's Poets Laureate, present a mischievous and slightly edgy introduction to 18 "crypids,%E2%80%9D animals "whose real existence has not yet been proven.%E2%80%9D Their rhymes take the form of wanted posters, newspaper clippings, posted signs, news broadcasts, and more, brought to bold, graphic life by MinaLima, the British design team of Miraphona Mina and Eduardo Lima. Fittingly, readers never get a good look at any of the creatures%E2%80%94usually just a coiled tail here or a cluster of spikes there. The Congolese Mok%C3%A8l%C3%A9-mb%C3%A8mb%C3%A9 peers from behind a newspaper, whose lead story trumpets, "Here at Lake Tel%C3%A9,/ secluded in swamps,/ this missing celebrity/ privately romps.%E2%80%9D Elsewhere, a winged creature slinks from a store shelf crowded with cans of "Moth-Away!/ Mothman Spray/ Keeps all ten-foot/ moths at bay.%E2%80%9D These brief, playful poems will whet readers' appetites to learn more about bunyips, luscas, and Mongolian death worms. Luckily, endpages supply legends and details about these and other creatures, including where they can%E2%80%94or rather can't%E2%80%94be found. Ages 7%E2%80%9310. Agent: (for Lewis) Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown; (for Nesbitt) Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. (Mar.)