From the Cover of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon:
“He’s big. He’s hairy. He’s not real. Or is he?“
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
The target audience for this tale appears to be for children ages 5 to 10 or elementary school aged. It is also targeted to for the general public and is not a book directly written for foster or adoptive families. Our family discovered this book while vacation in Colorado at a tourist location. Dalton, our youngest child, specifically requested that we review the book after he looked through it in a gift shop.
The illustrations were a large portion of why Dalton picked up the book in the first place. As Dalton is quick to point out in most children’s books, the illustrations do make a good use of color. The cartoon style of the pictures are reminiscent of Nickelodeon toons during the 1990s. The images also have a somewhat of a woodcut print quality to them. All around they very much add to the story and appeared to reason our kiddos enjoyed the book.
The story itself is a revamped telling of the boy that cried wolf with a splash of humor thrown in here and there. Just as its inspirational tale this book allows parents to discuss the topic of honesty and the consequences of telling lies. We actually had a great conversation with our kids about honesty utilizing this book.
Overall, this book appears to be a great resource for any family.
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It’s Your Turn:
- How did Ben make everyone believe his stories?
- Did a lot of people listen to his stories? How many do you think listened?
- Did Ben want people to believe his stories were true?
- Why do you think Ben told his stories if they weren’t true?
- Why didn’t people believe later in the story?
- What did Ben think of being alone?
- What did been do to make things better with his family?
- Did his family love Ben still at the end of the book?
- Why is it important to tell the truth?