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Author:
Magoon, Scott/ Verner, Adam (NRT)
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English
ISBN:
9781633791206
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Summary

Summary

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.


Summary

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 created can get attention and can become a real-life friend.


Author Notes

Scott Magoon has illustrated numerous children's books including Spoon by Amy Rosenthal Krouse; Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau; Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything, and The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating, by A.W. Flaherty.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

At first glance Ben seems to be a nice little boy with a bike and a dog, but his flaw is that he likes to tell stories. Soon his insistence that he sees Bigfoot begins to wear on his family and friends. He is not above bolstering the stories either for instance, digging footprints on the edge of the forest. Even his dog gets mad. Then (not unexpectedly, since he is also on the cover) Bigfoot appears. Bigfoot likes Ben and likes Ben's bike, which prompts Ben to scream, Bigfoot is stealing my bike! Alas, like his predecessor who cried wolf, no one comes to help and no one believes him. But the last page finds Ben (with camera in tow) heading into the forest, determined to get proof. The decision to let Bigfoot narrate adds a unique perspective, but it detracts from any surprise. What's good fun are the full-color Edward Gorey-like illustrations, with all the action happening in the foreground in front of a changing sky except when Bigfoot comes to fill the page. A neat twist on an old tale.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Magoon retells "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" in a book whose suspenseful, funny pictures and surprise narrator trump its familiar plot. "This is the story of my friend Ben and how we first met," says an offstage speaker, referring to a brown-haired boy. Ben "liked to tell stories," and readers see him at a forest's edge, alleging Bigfoot sightings to his weary parents, unbelieving sister, and neighborhood friends. Ben's small dog acts as a barometer for Ben's fibs, its expression going from tetchy to angry and then jolted by the "crick!" of a twig in the woods. "I didn't normally talk to a Littlefoot," explains the now-visible narrator, a towering Sasquatch. Ben looks on in shock while his dog merrily joins the creature for a spin on Ben'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 there's still an emphasis on the importance of being honest, it's clear that Magoon also sees value in Ben's perseverance and sense of showmanship. Ages 4-8. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-Adam Verner voices Bigfoot as he narrates the story of how he met his friend Ben. Ben, a young boy who loves to tell stories, has concocted one about meeting Bigfoot. Not surprisingly, nobody believes Ben, and it comes as a shock to Bigfoot himself when the story makes it's way to him, since he doesn't recall ever meeting Ben. This is an entertaining twist on the classic "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Verner's voice lends itself nicely to the role of Bigfoot, but this audio version would be best listened to while following the picture book (S. & S., 2013) as the descriptions are not enough for listeners to conjure up their own images. Still, the story is creative and teaches the time-tested lesson of telling the truth.-Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.