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Don't Squish The Sasquatch
Written by Kent Redeker
Illustrated By Bob Staake
Disney / Hyperion
2012
ISBN 10: 1423152328
ISBN 13: 978-1423152323
 
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"All the illustrations in this book are predominantly cut-outs. I drew them in pencil on paper, cut them out with an x-acto knife, laid them atop a piece of black paper, scanned them to get silhouettes - and then added color and detail.. Much of Trucks Galore was done the same way."

-- Bob Staake

 

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Summary:

When Senor Sasquatch boards the bus, he makes one thing perfectly clear to driver: he doesn't like to be squished. But as the bus travels along its route, other passengers get on-like Miss Elephant Shark, Mr. Octo-Rhino and Miss Whale Goat! Soon senor Sasquatch finds himself at risk...of being squished!

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Publisher's Weekly

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 1­5.

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