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Dooney Press
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.2 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

MEAGHAN TOSI is an illustrator/graphic novelist born and raised in New Hampshire. They earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in Southern California. They now work from home with their mildly adventurous cat, Molly Yarnchopper (who blessed every original page of artwork for this book with her stompy paws).
Thomas Tosi is a writer/filmmaker who, together with his wife, Heidi, has produced an award-winning children's website, educational multimedia games, and dramatic films which have aired on national television, PBS affiliate stations, and screened in numerous film festivals.


"[Squashed] translates beautifully to paneled storytelling; the illustrations capture the pacing perfectly, creating consistent suspense. The limited text requires readers to follow the art to understand the story, but Meaghan's clear, straightforward panel work flows cleanly across the pages. The simple vocabulary and brief dialogue exchanges make it accessible in a way that denser comics aren't, making it a good selection for reluctant readers who like eerie adventures."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Told through comic-book panel illustrations in Meaghan Tosi's wonderfully evocative artwork, Squashed is a story about fear and difference but also empathy, shared desires, and common interests."

-The Children's Book Review

"Like autumn itself, it provides warmth and entertainment, but still has a darker side that can give chills...it simply brings you along on the character's amazing experience: fascination with a magical pumpkin, terror of the unknown, and a heart-warming conclusion."

-Manchester Ink Link

"it's a book kids can discuss in a book club, classroom discussion group, and leaves the reader with something to think about"

-Life is what it's called

"snuggle in, and get ready to embark on a story perfect for the reading season"

-Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

"Perfect for fall, Squashed is filled with autumn colors and a spooky undercurrent. It is not merely for the roller coaster or the autumnal vibes that one would read this, however. Upon closer examination, Squashed showcases the strength of a sibling bond and the value of looking beyond appearances."

-Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk

"Children who enjoy a scary story will love this book!"

-Lisa's Reading: Family Book Reviews