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From the Big Foot and Little Foot series, volume 5

by Ellen Potter ; illustrated by Felicita Sala

Pub Date: April 20th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-4197-4324-5
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

In the fifth Big Foot and Little Foot book, Hugo and Boone go on a moneymaking adventure.

The toy store downtown is hosting a special appearance by Sasquatch celebrity Mad Marvin, who’s selling his Marvelous Monster Magnet. To earn money for one, aspiring cryptozoologists Hugo (a Sasquatch) and Boone (a human, White) take a couple of delivery jobs. In the woods on a run, they’re pursued by something mysterious that turns out to be a Sasquatch wearing a hat and riding a moose (drawn, like other illustrations, to emphasize silly playfulness). He offers the boys a chance to split a treasure he’s looking for with him, giving them directions. The directions bring the boys to a hill where, while the boys play a somersaulting game, a sneaky gremlin steals the package they’re delivering! They trade Boone’s new shoes to get it back, but Boone struggles in the woods without them. Throughout the straightforward plot, delivered in Potter’s characteristically breezy style, Hugo mentally makes a list of things he envies about humans—such as cool shoes and pockets—and then crosses the items off as he realizes Sasquatches have their own strengths. After the deliveries, Hugo finds a way to recover Boone’s shoes, and the boys learn the wholesome truth of the treasure. They decide they like things just the way they are—Hugo a Sasquatch and Boone a human—and that they’ll skip the Monster Magnet for monster-finding adventures instead.

Slightly message-heavy but delightful and accessible nevertheless.

(Fantasy. 5-9)