A "big" twist on the classic tale, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
An unseen narrator introduces us to Ben, a “tenacious little fellow” who is entirely unsuccessful in convincing his town that he’s seen Bigfoot. Which of course he hasn’t. (That might be the problem.) His efforts leave him alone at the edge of the woods as the sun’s going down… with a new admirer. Magoon has reinvented the classic warning against lying in a totally satisfying way. The narrator’s amused voice is just perfect.
I also loved watching the changes in coloring of the woodland scene as they day got later and later. Very pretty.
This book begins with a little boy named Ben telling a big fat lie: “LOOK EVERYONE, IT’S BIGFOOT!” At first people believe Ben’s tall tale, but when no Bigfoot materialises, they start to get frustrated. Kids will chuckle as Ben (aided by his long-suffering dog) deploys increasingly outrageous tactics to get his skeptical family and friends to believe in his Bigfoot sightings. And when Bigfoot finally does appear…well, we don’t want to give away the surprise! Expressive, playfully retro pictures help to balance the underlying lesson about honesty in this lighthearted and quirky retelling of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”
May 2013 Picture books newsletter.
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