Sid the Sasquatch

Sid the Sasquatch


Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2016
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Author Biography

Wendy Elliott was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. She discovered that she loved writing at a very early age, writing her first story at age seven. Along with writing storybooks, she is an avid writer of poetry. She has received many accolades from fellow poets worldwide, has had several of her poems published in anthologies, and remains active in poetry communities online. She is also a Sasquatch enthusiast who likes to keep up with the latest research in her spare time. Aside from her hobbies, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their beloved children and also works hard as an accountant. Sid is a character she started writing about in early 2007. After years of keeping him tucked away in her computer, she decided it was time to share him with the world.
Sid the Sasquatch is the first of a number of books to come from this new up-and-coming author. Stay tuned!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a beautiful, inspiring, and poetic story about friendship, love, and acceptance, a story that every child in this generation should read. Growing up, Sid was taught by his mother to stay away from humans, so no wonder that his kind only goes out at night when humans are asleep. But the little Sasquatch with a broad smile and an exuberant nature is destined to meet humans and this happens in a very curious way. He is walking fast one day when:
“He falls to the ground, hitting hard with a smack,
Then looks up to see a young boy staring back.”

Ollie couldn’t help but offer his hand to help Sid up, and thus the friendship that “begins with a swing” mirrors the beautiful world of children; easy to connect, ready to share, and enthusiastic about meeting new friends. It is only the beginning of an enjoyable adventure.

Wendy Elliott’s book is wonderful and it paints a beautiful world for kids. I read this book with my five-year-old son, and he now talks about Sid and Ollie as if they lived next door. He was amazed by the pictures. Now he’s learned that it is rewarding to include the stranger, to reach out to others in friendship, and to share one’s joy. The illustrations are very appealing, and the poetry rings through the ears like soothing music. At a time when there is a lot of racism, prejudices against other races, and exclusion of minorities, our kids need to rediscover the beauty of friendship and service, and Sid the Sasquatch is one of the great tools they’d need. An inspiring story about friendship and acceptance.

Sefina Hawke

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a fairy tale picture pop up children’s book that will appeal to young readers from preschool through first grade. The story follows a Sasquatch named Sid as he wishes to do more than watch human children from the shadows and hide away. A simple accident leads to Sasquatch Sid meeting human Ollie. The two boys are both from different species and both have very different skills, personalities, and families, yet together they learn to appreciate their differences and become fast friends.

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott has beautiful illustrations of Sasquatch Sid, the Sasquatch family, and the two boys playing together. The illustrations are what really make the book worth reading for young children. The writing is kept both brief and interesting with only a few lines of text on each page. This style of narrative is often appealing to younger children as it prevents them from becoming overwhelmed with a lot of words all at once.

Sid the Sasquatch teaches children that everyone is different and that our differences are what make us special. The book also encourages children to be friends with people who are different from them and to show kindness. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a well written children’s book, though young children may need help with sounding out some of the words.

Tiffany Davis

Sid the Sasquatch, written by Wendy Elliott and illustrated by Joseph Cowman, is a children's story that helps to teach young readers that although we may look different on the outside, on the inside we are all the same. Sid is a Sasquatch and, being curious, he likes to wander around town, unlike his family that tends to stay hidden and out of sight. One day, during a walk in the woods, Sid trips and falls ... and meets his new friend, Ollie, who happens to be a human. During their interaction, Sid remembers his mom saying to always stay away from humans, but he doesn't listen and starts to play with his new found friend. The two young boys hit it off immediately, but bond over baseball. The two friends admire different things about one another and how they can both do such different things.

Throughout the short story, the boys teach each other different skills and this made me smile as I read along. Having a small child of my own, I feel Wendy Elliott did a great job writing this story for young children because it teaches about accepting the differences between people. The way the story was written was excellent because it was short and to the point, and allowed the reader the opportunity to accept the differences between Sid and Ollie without any big words or explanations. This short story is definitely a five star read because of the simplicity of the story and how the parent can stop and explain to their child that differences amongst people are okay.

Jeanette Isbell

Love this amazing book! Beautifully illustrated by Joseph Cowman and cleaverly written by Wendy Elliott. She has captured the true spirit of friendship and embracing differences.

Cisbell

This is a book I love to read to my kids when ready to go to bed because of the positive message. . It is a book that opens a conversation with my 6 year old about the importance of looking beyond the skin to see we are the same, it doesn't matter where you come from. It is a beautiful story about true friendship. I really recommend this book.

Mary Lee Kachur

As a mother, grandmother, & elementary teacher, I recommend highly Sid the Sasquatch by author, Wendy Elliott. The book is beautifully written & offers a very important life lesson to children. In addition, the illustrations are amazing!

Heather Johnson

When recently offered the chance to review a copy of the children's book Sid the Sasquatch written by Wendy Elliott and illustrated by Joseph Cowman in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to add to my home library. If you are shopping for a fun book about friendship and acceptance for younger readers, I definitely recommend Sid the Sasquatch written by Wendy Elliott and illustrated by Joseph Cowman. The story follows young Sid, a curious sasquatch who learns that most differences are only skin deep. The rhymed text makes reading the book aloud especially enjoyable for kids and adults alike. My kindergartener can already read most of the book by herself, so the story is perfect for younger readers. Both my kiddos like looking all the whimsical and intricate illustrations. My kids and I give Sid the Sasquatch an enthusiastic stamp of approval.

BAC

Bought this book for my 5 year old and 1.5 year old, and we loved it! The story has a great message behind it, Sid is adorable and the illustrations are so good. We will reading be this book over and over!

Nicole Rouviere

Wonderful story about friendship, we love Sid!

Brian

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.

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ArchitectsDaughter

I read this book to my children last night and we LOVED it! The story was meaningful and easy to relate to current issues in our lives, as well as society. Our favorite page included how "brave, funny, and smart" the sasquatch and his new found friend were, for they were no longer concerned with what they looked like on the outside. We loved the illustrations as well; they really brought Sid to life! I believe this will be a favorite of ours and will be read over and over till the pages wear out!

Stephanie K

I bought this book to give to my four year old nephew...and after reading it, I might just get another one for him so I can keep this for myself! It is just a lovely worded and lovely illustrated book with a fun and gentle reminder about what it is to be curious, kind and tolerant, while having fun along the way. I look forward to more of these books by author Wendy Elliott!

KMazouch

This is such a cute, well written book that teaches a great lesson to children. Parents and children with both love Sid and his story! The illustrations are amazing as well!

R Hufford

I read this book to my boys (ages 4 & 6) and they loved it. My oldest son loved the illustrations and when the adventure took Sid to the ball field. My youngest said every part was his favorite. I thought it was a fun to read story with a great message.

Beth

As a play therapist, I recommend this book as a way to help kids learn about friendship and diversity.

Robert

Loved this book! What a lovely story and a beautiful message! In this day and age this is the type of book we must read to our children.