Book Review + Giveaway: Squashed

Title: Squashed | Author & Illustrator: Meghan Tosi | Genre: Graphic Novel | Publisher: Dooney Press | Release Date: 2022

Book Description: Aah! Dude! It moved!

Can the mysterious shuddering pumpkin the three kids found in the forest be alive? They’re going to find out when they lift it from its resting place and carry it home. But what happens if someone or something comes looking for it?

This evocative graphic novel is spooky yet ultimately gentle and charming. It presents a tale of unfounded fear of those who are different and the similarities we all share. Told in richly stylized full-color artwork from illustrator Meaghan Tosi whose previous work Kirkus Reviews praised as delightful.

My Thoughts: Just in time for Halloween, this intriguing graphic novels tells a spooky but sweet story about thinking twice before taking things that aren’t yours and being afraid of the unfamiliar. Stunningly illustrated with hundreds of colour illustrations, Squashed follows three young children into a dark forest where they find something (or someone?) living in a pumpkin. They take it home, only to find out that it’s not what it seems. And someone (or something?) wants it back.

I’m in awe of graphic novels and the sheer amount of artistic work that goes into illustrating a story with such few words. The actions, tone and emotions conveyed in the colour-scheme, varied perspectives and characters’ expressions are astounding. Squashed is a glowing example and one that many readers will surely enjoy.

MEAGHAN TOSI, was born and raised in New Hampshire, earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, and illustrated this book and the middle-grade novel “Six Thousand Doughnuts” alongside author Thomas Tosi. She is also the author/illustrator of “Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat.” She now lives with her partner Daniel and many plants in Portland, Oregon for the art scene, extraordinary hikes, and many neighborhood cats.

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Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win an awesome Dooney Press Gift Pack of books and more fun goodies!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

Dooney Press Gift Pack:

  • ONE hardcover book Squashed
  • ONE paperback book Six Thousand Doughnuts
  • ONE paperback book Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat
  • ONE DVD of the original family-produced short film Squashed

Four (4) winners receive:

  • ONE paperback book Squashed

Click here for the entry form: Good luck!

Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
The Children’s Book Review
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Life Is What It’s Called
A book review of Squashed
Friday, September 9, 2022
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
A book review of Squashed
Monday, September 12, 2022
The Review Wire

An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
icefairy’s Treasure Chest
A book review of Squashed
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Lisa’s Reading
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Shooting Stars Mag
An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi
Monday, September 19, 2022
The Fairview Review
A book review of Squashed
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk
A book review of Squashed
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The Momma Spot
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Because I Said So
A book review of Squashed
Friday, September 23, 2022
Me Two Books

Squashed book activity
Monday, September 26, 2022
J.R.s Book Reviews
A book review of Squashed

A sincere thank you to the author for a review copy of the book read in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dooney Press.

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