ELWOOD BIGFOOT by Jill Esbaum

ELWOOD BIGFOOT

Wanted: Birdie Friends!
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Elwood Bigfoot is lonely…won’t any birdie be his friend?

In the morning he sips his tea alone. In the afternoon he picks berries alone. And at night he’s lonely in his cave. Elwood Bigfoot wants nothing more than to have birdies for friends, but they always fly away from him. Maybe if he only had a home in a tree like theirs, they’d love him. He builds a treehouse, but they don’t come. He dresses like them (with beak and feathers), sings like them, eats like them…but they always fly away from him. Even a housewarming party doesn’t draw them. He builds a birdie theme park…but even that doesn’t work—until he comes to the realization that it is his loud, boisterous enthusiasm that scares the birds away. He quiets down…and is suddenly the birdie magnet he has always wanted to be. Esbaum’s sweet tale of a friendship-seeking bigfoot is a good title to hand to those not quite ready for chapter books. The relatively lengthy yet still simple text will keep them interested without unduly challenging their new reading skills. Wragg’s adorable, snaggle-toothed bigfoot is the real star here; his black-dot eyes and wide grin will easily charm the kids (and birds).

Bright, enticing cartoon illustrations and a character many can identify with will hook storytimers and new readers. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4549-0879-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




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