In Search of Sasquatch

An Exercise in Zoological Evidence
Gr 4—6—Fans of mythical creatures and mysteries will get a kick out of this book. While not as effective in documenting the research process as Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson's Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry (National Geographic, 2007), this book does a fair job of presenting the evidence for Sasquatch through stories of people who have dedicated their lives to finding the cryptid. Evidence for its existence might leave many kids unconvinced, but they will likely be entertained anyway. Black-and-white and muted color illustrations and photos of people, lush forests, clues, and Sasquatch itself are scattered throughout, breaking up what could otherwise be a text-heavy book. Readers who find their curiosity piqued will be rewarded in the end; the back matter includes a well-designed map of sightings in America and Canada, as well as information that will facilitate further research. The book makes an appealing individual reading experience, but the short chapters and lively narrative also make for an engaging read aloud, especially for groups of children transitioning to longer books or more sophisticated subject matter.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Referencing Native American tales and artifacts, personal accounts, notable film footage, and scientists from varying specialties, this engaging discussion presents the history of the search for Bigfoot and the probability of proving its existence through advancing technologies. Color photographs, diagrams, and maps add credibility and substance, providing both the skeptic and believer with the tools to sift fact from fiction. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.

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