Bigfoot Is Missing

LEWIS, J. Patrick & . illus. by MinaLima. 40p. Chronicle. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452118956.
Gr 2–6—An entertaining take on a naturally interesting subject, this title pairs comic book-style art with poems on cryptozoology. The term is defined in a blurb on the first page, while the last few pages include a useful description of creatures such as the Beast of Bodmin Moor, the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, and the Mongolian Death Worm. Not quite concrete poems, these selections integrate text and design with creative results. Though the illustrations vary, all are rendered in graphic style. The Kraken, Gambo, and Lusca are presented as entries circled in red pen from the classified section of the Davy Jones Dispatch: "Free to a Good Home: Baby Luscas (Half Octopus, Half Shark)." Similarly, the poem about the Chupacabra is a marked-up "Wanted" poster, while images of "Moth-Away" spray accompany the poem on the Mothman. Though some selections are more informative than others, all are vivid, dynamic, and fun.
VERDICT A great choice, ideal for group sharing and browsers alike.

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