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INTO THE WOODS by J. Torres Kirkus Star


From the Bigfoot Boy series, volume 1

by J. Torres & illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Age Range: 6 - 11

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-55453-711-2
Publisher: Kids Can

Mom said there was magic in the woods…she probably didn’t mean anything like this.

Ten-year-old city boy Rufus is staying at his grandmother's house on the edge of a forest for a few days without his parents. Grammy's idea of fun is prune juice and soap operas, so Rufus decides to explore the woods. He meets a girl named Penny, but she's as friendly as a rock. Her older sister, Aurora, tells Rufus Penny's friendlier than she seems, so he doesn't give up on her. When looking for her in the woods, Rufus finds a glowing necklace in a tree. After reading the word on the back, he turns into Bigfoot! Not only is he big, red and hairy, but he can also talk to animals. Sidney the flying squirrel helps him get home. There's danger in the forest as well as magic, and when Penny disappears, Rufus (and Sidney) use the totem to effect a rescue. Canadian author Torres’ first in a new series of graphic novels has magic, humor and just a hint of menace. Easy-reading text, all in speech bubbles, will appeal to a wide range of readers. Hicks’ bright and glossy cinematic panels are full of action; readers will almost smell the green of the trees. This one gets everything just right.

Be prepared for young Sasquatch fans roaring for more. (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)