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Larf

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  604 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
No one believes Larf exists, and he likes it that way. Larf, you see, is a sasquatch, the only sasquatch in the world (or so it seems). He has a very pleasant, and very private, life in the woods, where on any given day he might be found jogging, gardening or walking Eric, his pet bunny. But everything changes one morning when Larf discovers that another sasquatch is sched ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 22, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vegetarian and vegan kids, etc.
I love the artwork description at the beginning of the book: “The artwork in this book was rendered in vegetable-based watercolor, biodegradable ink, recycled paper collage, and a dollop of organic Sasquatch Detangler and Conditioning Shampoo. This book is vegetarian, vegan and sasquatch friendly.”

Yay! Sasquatches are apparently vegetarian.

This story and its pictures are very cute and clever. However, except for maybe some vegan and vegetarian kids who want to read books about other veg*n creatu
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John
Jan 10, 2012 John rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
The best part is the author's note about the medium used to create Larf. "The artwork in this book was rendered in vegetable-based watercolor, biodegradable ink, recycled paper collage and a dollop of Organic Sasquatch Detangler and Conditioning Shampoo. This book is vegetarian, vegan, and sasquatch friendly."
Christiane
Apr 17, 2012 Christiane rated it really liked it
I love Sasquatch stories and I love Ashely Spires’ books (she is the author of Binky the Space Cat!) so this is a great combination. Larf likes his quiet life with only his pet bunny for companionship, yet when he sees an article claiming a sasquatch is going to make an appearance in a nearby city he can't resist going to check it out. My favorite picture is Larf in his "human" camouflage, with the bunny in a baby bjorn strapped to his chest. Would be great to share with a kindergarten or 1st gr ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jul 09, 2012 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a fun picturebook about a lonely Sasquatch named Larf. He spends his days with his pet bunny Eric, and is content hiding from people. He is pretty good at hiding, although he has almost been caught a few times. One day he reads the paper to find that a Sasquatch is scheduled to make a public appearance in town. He knows that he has not agreed to make such an appearance, since it is scheduled for his laundry day, but he wonders if this might be h ...more
Anthony
May 22, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Larf
By Ashley Spires
Published by Kids Can Press
Copyright © 2012

I have always had an affinity for the Sasquatch legend. I will freely admit that there is a little part of me that believes that Sasquatch is out there. But even if they aren’t, to believe in them is to retain that sense of unexplainable wonderment in the natural world. So when I saw “Larf,” by Ashley Spires, in our latest children’s book order I knew I had to read it.

The story of Larf is cute. As much as I hate the word “cute” there
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Joella www.cinjoella.com
Jul 21, 2012 Joella www.cinjoella.com rated it really liked it
Larf is a Sasquatch that lives with his bunny. They are very good at living all alone because Larf is shy and doesn’t like the thought of people coming to look at a Sasquatch. Especially since he is the only Sasquatch. He likes the quiet of his woods and the calm life that they lead.

One day Larf reads that a Sasquatch is going to make an appearance in a nearby city. Larf is conflicted about wanting to go and see. He wonders what it would be like to meet another Sasquatch. He thinks it would be
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Barbara
Apr 02, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Hairy and seven feet high, Larf, a Sasquatch, enjoys his solitary life spent quietly in the woods with his bunny friend. He has the sneaking suspicion that if anyone ever spots him, it will bring unwanted attention and change his life. When he happens to read about a personal appearance by a Sasquatch, he decides to see if there is someone else out there just like him. The ending is sweet, allowing the vegetarian Larf to find new possibilities while also allowing him to remain true to his own na ...more
Jen V
Apr 09, 2012 Jen V rated it it was amazing
Maybe being a vegan makes me a little more sentimental about this book...but I really do think the story is sweet. Larf reminds me of so many of the shy characters in books who would rather just keep to themselves. He finally finds the courage to go out and try to meet someone like himself. He's very brave.
Donalyn
Larf is a vegetarian Sasquatch who lives a solitary, but pleasant life in the woods. When he hears about the appearance of another Sasquatch, Larf sets out to find him (or her).
Megan Smith
Jan 10, 2017 Megan Smith rated it really liked it
This book was a rollicking read-aloud with 2nd graders. Somehow I missed the connection that 'larf' rhymes with 'barf' but I will not be blindsided by that discussion next time!
Mary Lee
Mar 18, 2012 Mary Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
Larf is a vegetarian sasquatch. He thinks he's the only one...
Joolissa
This is an interesting book. The illustrations and book itself were all created with vegetarian/vegan materials. Vegetarianism is mentioned many times throughout the book and is made much of, since Lard is himself vegetarian. however its never explained why Larf is a vegetarian or what exactly that means. There doesn't seem to be a purpose to mentioning Larf's diet at all. For that reason I didn't much like the continual mentioning of it and the ending felt a little ridiculous because it seemed ...more
Jillian
Oct 01, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it
Larf by Ashley Spires is a picture book about a rare and special friendship. The main character Larf is an extremely large and furry sasquatch. In fact, Larf is the only sasquatch in the world. Being the only sasquatch in the world usually means that Larf is left alone, but fortunately, he likes his privacy. He and his pet bunny Eric spend a lot of time together outside, and eating vegetarian dinners together. However, one day, Larf hears news that another sasquatch is visiting a town near by. W ...more
Leah Mullenaux
Nov 26, 2012 Leah Mullenaux rated it liked it
This book is about a Sasquatch named Larf who is happy being alone. He has his own routine and enjoys it, but it is interrupted when there is news of another Sasquatch living too. Larf is apprehensive about someone messing with his routine, and is scared that he and the new monster may not get along. Regardless, he goes to find said Sasquatch and realizes it is a fake. He is surprisingly upset and disappointed. At the end, he ends up meeting a real, lady Sasquatch and they get along perfectly.
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Jennifer Strong
Jun 08, 2016 Jennifer Strong rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2016
Larf is kind of a hermit Sasquatch. He likes to be alone with his pet bunny, Eric. He fills his time jogging, gardening, and caring for Eric. When he reads in the newspaper that a Sasquatch is going to make an appearance in town, Larf can't believe there's another one of his kind! Dressed in a disguise he makes his way to town only to find its a fake Sasquatch! Disappointed, he heads to the bus stop. While he waits for the bus back to his forest Larf meets an actual, real-life Sasquatch... And i ...more
Dolly
Aug 04, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, canada, 2014
This is a touching tale about being connected and finding someone with whom you have shared interests and things in common. The story features a sweet, vegetarian Sasquatch named Larf who lives a quiet life in the woods with his bunny, Eric. It's a solitary life, but then again, he thinks he's the only one. Or is he?

The narrative is short and entertaining to read aloud and the ink and watercolor (vegetable-based, biodegradable, vegetarian, vegan, and Sasquatch friendly) illustrations are colorf
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Laura
Oct 30, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, picture, 2012
Larf, a vegetarian Sasquatch, finds out that another Sasquatch will be in a nearby city. He decides to take his rabbit (in a baby carrier!) to the city to meet this other creature like himself. But what if he doesn't like this new Sasquatch? It turns out that the creature is just a person in a costume and Larf prepares to return home, relieved that he doesn't have to become friends with someone he doesn't like while also feeling a bit sad that he's missed an opportunity to make a friend. Then Sh ...more
Tasha
Nov 21, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Larf is a sasquatch who is left entirely alone because no one believes he exists. He’s pretty sure that he’s the only sasquatch in the world, since he has never met another one. He lives a very quiet life in the woods, alone with his pet bunny, Eric. So when Larf hears that a sasquatch is to appear in the nearby city of Hunderfitz, he is astounded. After all, he wasn’t planning an appearance. Larf then realizes that he might not be the only sasquatch in the world. Larf disguises himself as a hum ...more
Bailey Kincaid
Oct 28, 2012 Bailey Kincaid rated it it was amazing
Larf is a Sasquatch who lives happily in the woods by himself. To his belief, he is the only Sasquatch that exists. He is never seen, and likes it that way. He likes to jog and has a garden, and enjoys walking his pet bunny, Eric. One day Larf discovers that another Sasquatch is going to be in the nearby town, Hunderfitz. He is astonished that he is not the only Sasquatch, and dresses up as a city slicker and makes his way to the town to be surprised by a few things.

This book is good for childr
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Nicole Holloway
This book is about a sasquatch named Larf that goes to see if there really is another sasquatch in town. It goes through what Larf likes to do and what his daily routine is. As he goes to the city to see if there really is another sasquatch, he goes through all the things that scare him about meeting another person like him. Ashley Spires does a great job about really describing what Larf thinks and feels as she tells the story. Her illustrations also help to enhance the book and the text. It le ...more
Ghislaine
Jan 23, 2013 Ghislaine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes quirky pictures books that make you smile.
Recommended to Ghislaine by: Unshelved
So much to love! Right off the bat the description of the artwork is hilarious. "The artwork in this book was rendered in vegetable-based watercolor, biodegradable ink, recycled paper collage and a dollop of Organic Sasquatch Detangler and Conditioning Shampoo. This book is vegetarian, vegan and sasquatch friendly." The hilarity ensues while we get to know Larf the sasquatch who enjoys his quiet lifestyle comfortable with the fact that no one believes in his existance. When he reads a notice tha ...more
Jen
Feb 06, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: storytime-kidlit
The first time I read this book, I was utterly convinced that it was a fable about the challenges of dating for introverts. On some level I still believe that's what it is about.

Larf, a Sasquatch, loves his solo pursuits and quiet life in the forest. However, when a newspaper advertises a "real" Sasquatch in the nearby city, Larf feels he must challenge himself to go meet another of his kind.

This isn't the easiest book for young children to wrap their brains around, and I didn't find the vegeta
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Stacy Fetters
Nov 23, 2014 Stacy Fetters rated it liked it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
Larf is a red scarf wearing vegetarian Sasquatch with a pet bunny named Eric. He does normal everyday Sasquatch things and is one of a kind. Until he sees an ad about another town having a Bigfoot appear. He takes the bus to meet this familiar.
Turns out, it was a fake and he heads home. While waiting for the bus, a girl Bigfoot strikes up a conversation with Larf. ;)
*queue the porno music*

Well now I know what a Bigfoot in a dress looks like.

I so wanted to love this book and sadly I didn't. Th
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Leslie
Oct 19, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
Larf the Sasquatch lives a solitary life but when he reads a news story about the scheduled appearance of a Sasquatch in a nearby town he has to go. He worries and imagines what knowing another like himself would mean and then he finds out the truth.

Introduced to Larf, a Sasquatch you might actually like to meet, the reader easily relates to his concerns about the appearance of another.

Recommended: 4 - 8 years

Subject/Theme: making friends, cryptids, vegetarian
Curriculum: character education
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Erin Buhr
Jan 27, 2017 Erin Buhr rated it it was amazing
Larf, the Sasquatch, is utterly endearing. He lives alone with his tiny bunny and that's the way he likes it. That is, until one day when he reads that a real Sasquatch will be in the nearby town. Curious and a little hopeful about meeting another of his kind, he braves a trip. What he finds is not what he expected. The story, character, and illustrations are charming from start to finish. This is a delightful read about differences, surprises, and of course, 7 foot hairy beasts that happen to b ...more
Melanie
A vegetarian, jogging, pet-owning, very routine-centered Sasquatch named Larf enjoys his solitary life. The very idea of publicity makes him sweat. But then he hears of an appearance of another Sasquatch in another town. That's funny, he thinks. He believed he was the only Sasquatch around.

When Larf arrives in the other town he finds that the other "Sasquatch" is just a man in a suit. Disappointed, but somewhat relieved Lark sits to wait for the bus. And then he meets Shurl. A female, vegetarian
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Kacey Marshall
Sep 06, 2013 Kacey Marshall rated it it was amazing
Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a delightful and humorous tale loosely based on the mythical creature called Sasquatch. I thought this was an adorable tale about Larf, a Sasquatch who lives in the woods with his pet bunny. Larf believes he is the only Sasquatch in the world, until a newspaper article informs him that there may be another one out there. Ashley Spires' illustrations are visually appealing, with lots of colors and amusing. This hilarious tale kept me captivated u ...more
Marcie
Sep 21, 2012 Marcie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-humor
Not sure who the audiance is for this funny story. Little kids will miss the humor and older kids will want more Bigfoot scare. I could actually see talking about relationships with teens who would get the humor. I could see using it to get kids to find out the fun of reading the verso. The artwork description is tasty -
"The artwork in this book was rendered in vegetable-based watercolor, biodegradable in, recycled paper collage and a dollop of Organic Sasquatch Detangler and Conditioning Shampo
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Kacy Sullivan
Oct 28, 2012 Kacy Sullivan rated it really liked it
Larf, by Ashley Spires is the whimsical story of a Sasquatch named Larf. Larf lived his life in the woods with his friend/pet rabbit, Eric. One day, Larf sees a poster advertising the special appearance of another Sasquatch nearby. When Larf discovers that he is not in fact the only Sasquatch in the woods, he sets out to meet her. What will happen when Larf meets another Sasquatch face-to-face? Read Larf to find out for yourself!
Mary
May 11, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a larf...uh...I mean laugh.
Larf is a sasquatch who lives (and enjoys) his solitary life with his pet bunny Eric. When he reads in the paper that another Sasquatch is going to be making an appearance in Hunderfitz, he decides that maybe it would be a good thing to meet a fellow sasquatch. Or will it? A very enjoyable book overall and even if it weren't, just the image of Eric in a baby carrier strapped to Larf is worth a look.
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Ashley was born and raised in British Columbia where she resides still with her cats Gracie and Charlotte. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a Graduate Diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College. In addition to her illustration, she founded Chicken Tika Creations (which she named after her dog, not the food) and is selling her hand felted items acro ...more
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