Larf by Ashley Spires
Larf is a fairly straightforward story about taking a chance and making a new friend. Two things broaden it's appeal
1.) It's about a Sasquatch. A vegetarian Sasquatch who wears a scarf, makes snarky comments about movies, and carries his pet bunny in a baby carrier.
2.) There are loads of little details to notice on each page. I've read this to 3rd graders and they love to find little hints about the plot.
The writing is clever, great details without becoming clumsy and cluttered. This book is a favorite among the youth department staff at my library and is a general hit with the kids who hear it.