- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: longer sentences, some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 4-6 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cartoonish, fun, vibrant
Sid the Sasquatch is a toddler’s book about a little Sasquatch and his curiosity about humans. Sid, our protagonist, is a Sasquatch who lives a reclusive life with the rest of his Sasquatch family. In this world, Sasquatches hide from humans because they’re afraid. In our story, Sid ends up mistakenly meeting a little human boy named Ollie and the two become fast friends. We see their friendship develop through everybody’s favorite pastime, baseball. Despite being a pretty light toddler’s book, Sid the Sasquatch delivers a solid message about how visible differences really don’t matter.
I’ve recently been able to speak with the author, Wendy Elliot, who is based out of Kansas City, MO. I know firsthand just how much effort she (and the illustrator Joseph Cowman) have put into this children’s book, and it really shows. From the incredibly fun illustrations to the constant rhyming, Wendy and Joseph have put together nothing short of an adventure for toddlers. Having read this to my toddler once, I can tell already that we’re going to be reading this book a number of times over the next few weeks.
One of the main things I love about this book is the message given to the reader. At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure what (if any) message was being delivered. However, by the end of the book I had a clear lesson that I could speak to my toddler about. It was easy to correlate the issues of race to the words in the book, and I think it would be easy for most parents to discuss this issue with their child after having read this book.
Joseph Cowman (illustrator) has obviously taken an incredible amount of time building a world beyond any child’s imagination. He takes us through the secluded world of our Sasquatches, which tends to be a bit darker and more mysterious. From there, the story and Joseph’s illustrations bring us to a lighter more “human” world. All the while, Joseph maintains a playful feel and an incredibly colorful style. All in all, the illustrations are nothing short of fantastic.
In the end, this is a clear recommendation for parents of toddlers in the age range of 1-6. The price of $2.95 at the time of review for a Kindle copy is incredible, and the price of a paperback for your collection is excellent ($11.95). A bonus to the paperback copy is obviously just being able to turn the pages, revealing the fantastic illustrations for your little one.
Here is where you can purchase Sid the Sasquatch: