Squashed Virtual Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Thursday, September 8, 2022



Written and Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi

Based on a Story by Thomas Tosi

Ages 6-12 | 80 Pages

Publisher: Dooney Press | ISBN-13: 9781954782051

Publisher’s Book Summary: 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.

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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.





Squashed is a cute graphic novel with very little text, but it's a book kids can discuss in a book club, classroom discussion group, and leaves the reader with something to think about. The themes in book vary from Halloween, family, understanding others that are different from you, and making friends. I felt like the themes and the messaging in the book was very kid friendly and age appropriate. Young readers will love the illustrations. The illustrations are very cute, eye-catching, and attractive. The illustrations are really what makes the book special. It's not a "scary" or overly "creepy" Halloween book, so I think most readers will find it appealing. Since the book also has minimum words, it may also appeal to struggling readers and emerging readers especially if a caregiver is there and you can talk about it together. Overall, I think it's a fun book for Halloween that families will enjoy and want to have in their home libraries.


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"

Squashed Book Giveaway 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dooney Press. I received a free copy of the book to review, however, this is my honest opinion.

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