Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Bigfoot is Missing! By J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt, with illustrations by Minalima. Chronicle, Raincoast. 2015. $22.99 ages 7 and up
THERE'S A DEMON
DOWN IN NORFOLK,
SHUCK MEANS HAIRY -
VERY, VERY -
DOWN IN NORFOLK,
HEARTS GROW DARK,
HE LEAVES HIS MARK ... "
The definition of a 'crypid' is as follows: an animal or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community.
In this introduction to 18 crypids, J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt use humor and offbeat rhymes in a wide variety of forms to entice readers to consider the notoriety of such things. Wanted posters, signs, newspaper reports, news broadcasting are but a few of the ways that they bring them to the forefront. The accompanying bold graphic representations of each do not offer a clear picture of any, often teasing with only a small part of the one being advertised.
I know those things that attract my attention and push forward my need to know; most of these creatures were not a part of my vocabulary, nor did I have any knowledge of them. If you are a teacher, or the parent of children who would know them, then you know the kids who are going to be intrigued by the verses in this book. There are poems about bunyips (those I knew), Mongolian death worms, luscas, the Beast of Bodmin Moor, the Kraken, even the chupacabra. The newspaper classifieds have never been so entertaining!
Playful, brief, easy to read, enticing and even unsettling, these poems are sure to encourage those who want to know more to look elsewhere for additional material and information. There are people all over the world who believe that they have sighted one or more of these cryptids. None have ever been able to prove their claims. That fact does not seem to lessen the interest for many. Most of them I would certainly never want to meet ... or even see!
Endpages provide needed details about the creatures featured and others, and their suspected locations.