The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
Bigfoot book for kids—a clever twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
The Truth? Yeah, its a big, hairy deal.
As he has for many moons, Bigfoot haunts the forest of my imagination. I've always wondered: how true are the legends of a 8-foot tall hominid lurking in the woods? Little Ben is about to find out the importance of telling the truth—and a bit about cryptozoology as well in this reminder to never cry "wolf." Read my blog post to learn more about my own personal experience with Bigfoot and why I wrote The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!.
"Equally awesome is Bigfoot, though presenting an adorable Bigfoot smacks of overkill, like deep-fried Snickers bars. Scott Magoon’s “Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!” can be forgiven this transgression, however. True, his Bigfoot is hairy and irresistible. I also found his overall style to be strongly, appealingly Brooklyn-antiquarian — 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 book’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. Until you pass out." —The New York Times Book Review
"As attention-grabbing devices, wolves are old hat, so the little boy at the heart of this light-hearted children's book decides to conjure up a forest Bigfoot. As author/illustrator Scott Magoon tells it, that decision has some surprising consequences. A nice twist on a time-tested truth-telling tutorial." —Barnes & Noble
"Ben is the constant, always trying to provoke response. Readers will quickly note that the indulgent narrator’s voice is at odds with Ben’s increasingly frantic antics, and they will begin to wonder just who is telling the story. Could it be Bigfoot? Indeed! He likes Ben’s determination—and Ben’s bike, which he takes for a little spin that night, leaving a scared Ben behind. Youngsters may at first feel glad that Ben gets his comeuppance when no one rushes to his aid but will soon relent when they see how forlorn Ben looks alone in the dark. Once home, it seems Ben has learned his lesson, although how he determines to tell the truth in the future is bound to leave readers giggling. Entertaining and clever—and that’s no lie." —Kirkus Reviews
"Magoon retells 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' in a book whose suspenseful, funny pictures and surprise narrator trump its familiar plot. 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.) —Publisher's Weekly
- The New York Times Book Review likened Bigfoot to a deep-fried Snickers bar. Yum!
- An Irma Black Award Semifinalist
- A Bank Street Library Best Book of the Year 2014 Outstanding Merit recipient
- A 2014 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Winner
- Scholastic Book Club selection
- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blogged it— includes more behind the scenes stuff.
- Picture Book House totally gets it.
- A sagacious review on Librarian's Quest blog.
- Cherub Book Review blogged about it.
- Children's author Susanna Hill blogged about it.
- League of Awesome Books blog review.
- I'm interviewed on the Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold about it!
On Social Media
Followers would send in a picture of loved ones in nature—I'd add my "hidden" Bigfoot character, a word balloon and a cover image to post to my social media feeds. Free book if I used your submitted photo. This promo was really fun.
Behind the Scenes
Here are some sketches I created while working on Boy Who Cried Bigfoot...: