The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

By Scott Magoon; Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781442412576, 48pp.)

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Prebound, Prebound

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A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist.

He’s big. He’s funny. He’s not real. Or IS he?

This clever twist on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

About the Author

Scott Magoon is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Mostly Monsterly by Tami Sauer; Kara LaReau’s Rabbit and Squirrel and Ugly Fish, which was a CCBC Blue Ribbon winner; The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by Alice Flaherty, which was named to the 2009–2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List; Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman; and Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He is also both the author and illustrator of Hugo & Miles; I’ve Painted Everything; Mystery Ride; and The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, which Kirkus Reviews called “entertaining and clever—and that’s no lie.” The art director at a major children’s publisher, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Visit him at

Praise For The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

"Entertaining and clevere"and thate(TM)s no lie."

Magoon retells eoeThe Boy Who Cried Wolfe in a book whose suspenseful, funny pictures and surprise narrator trump its familiar plot. eoeThis is the story of my friend Ben and how we first met,e says an offstage speaker, referring to a brown-haired boy. Ben eoeliked to tell stories,e and readers see him at a foreste(TM)s edge, alleging Bigfoot sightings to his weary parents, unbelieving sister, and neighborhood friends. Bene(TM)s small dog acts as a barometer for Bene(TM)s fibs, its expression going from tetchy to angry and then jolted by the eoecrick!e of a twig in the woods. eoeI didne(TM)t normally talk to a Littlefoot,e explains the now-visible narrator, a towering Sasquatch. Ben looks on in shock while his dog merrily joins the creature for a spin on Bene(TM)s bike. Magoon (Big Mean Mike) sets events some decades in the past, giving Ben an antique bike, vintage clothing, and old-fashioned camera and video equipment. While theree(TM)s still an emphasis on the importance of being honest, ite(TM)s clear that Magoon also sees value in Bene(TM)s perseverance and sense of showmanship.

Equally awesome is BigfooteTrue, his Bigfoot is hairy and irresistible. I also found his overall style to be strongly, appealingly Brooklyn-antiquariane"perhaps because the boy in the book rides a classic roadster bicycle that 20-somethings would love to be seen pedaling to their C.S.A. pickup. The pleasing optics, however, play second fiddle to the booke(TM)s midpoint Shyamalan-esque twist: The story is actually told from the perspective of Bigfoot.

At this revelation, a pleasing pop of delight emerged from my 4-year-old test audience. Again and again. I was O.K. with that. With the right book in your hands, rereading is a pleasure.

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