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Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by [Scott Magoon]
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Some boys cry wolf, but to the admiration of one individual, Ben cries Bigfoot.
The opening line by an unseen narrator introduces the young tale-teller: “This is the story of my friend Ben and how we first met.” Events unfold over the course of a day, with cartoon-style art providing definitive clues as to the passage of time. In the morning, Ben rides his bicycle to the top of a hill, where he calls out: “LOOK, EVERYONE! IT’S BIGFOOT!” With the narrator providing commentary, the hilltop becomes a stage onto which other characters enter and exit. 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)

"Entertaining and clever—and that’s no lie." (Kirkus)

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!.
Magoon, Scott (Author) , Magoon, Scott (Illustrator)
Feb 2013. 48 p. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, hardcover, $16.99. (9781442412576).

At first glance Ben seems to be a nice little boy with a bike and a dog, but his flaw is that he likes “to tell
stories.” Soon his insistence that he sees Bigfoot begins to wear on his family and friends. He is not above
bolstering the stories either—for instance, digging footprints on the edge of the forest. Even his dog gets
mad. Then (not unexpectedly, since he is also on the cover) Bigfoot appears. Bigfoot likes Ben and likes
Ben’s bike, which prompts Ben to scream, “Bigfoot is stealing my bike!” Alas, like his predecessor who
cried wolf, no one comes to help and no one believes him. But the last page finds Ben (with camera in
tow) heading into the forest, determined to get proof. The decision to let Bigfoot narrate adds a unique
perspective, but it detracts from any surprise. What’s good fun are the full-color Edward Gorey-like
illustrations, with all the action happening in the foreground in front of a changing sky—except when
Bigfoot comes to fill the page. A neat twist on an old tale. (Booklist)

Magoon retells “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in a book whose suspenseful, funny pictures and surprise narrator trump its familiar plot. “This is the story of my friend Ben and how we first met,” says an offstage speaker, referring to a brown-haired boy. Ben “liked to tell stories,” and readers see him at a forest’s edge, alleging Bigfoot sightings to his weary parents, unbelieving sister, and neighborhood friends. Ben’s small dog acts as a barometer for Ben’s fibs, its expression going from tetchy to angry and then jolted by the “crick!” of a twig in the woods. “I didn’t normally talk to a Littlefoot,” explains the now-visible narrator, a towering Sasquatch. Ben looks on in shock while his dog merrily joins the creature for a spin on Ben’s bike. 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. (Publishers Weekly)

Equally awesome is Bigfoot…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. (The New York Times Book Review)

MAGOON, Scott. The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! illus. by author. 48p. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-1257-6. LC 2010031149.

K-Gr 1–Bigfoot narrates this story of Ben, a boy who “liked to tell stories...a lot.” The cartoon youngster in striped pants lies to everyone in town that he’s seen Bigfoot in the woods. They gather for a glimpse, but leave in annoyance. Having observed all this, comically round-eyed Bigfoot emerges to claim Ben’s bike and dog, knowing no one will believe an accusation of theft. Ben is a “tenacious fellow,” and, at book’s end, he sets out for the woods with old-fashioned camera equipment to record proof. Luckily, his dog is back to pull the wagon of gear. Digitally rendered illustrations are done in mostly green hues. Bigfoot is charming and goofy-looking with his smiles and manners, asking if he can “borrow” Ben’s bike, and the child’s expressions are priceless.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (SLJ)

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
written and illus. by Scott Ma- goon.
Wiseman/Simon, 2013 42p ISBN 978-1-4424-1257-6 $16.99 5-7 yrs

A friendly Sasquatch narrates this twist on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,”
relating his introduction to young Ben, who has a habit of making up stories about spying Bigfoot near the woods. When no Bigfoot ever actually appears, Ben’s believers predictably lose faith. As Ben sits dejectedly near the woods one evening, Bigfoot makes his presence known and borrows Ben’s bike for a ride, prompting Ben to yell, “BIGFOOT! BIGFOOT! BIGFOOT IS STEALING MY BIKE!” No one comes, of course, but the benign Bigfoot is a genuinely nice guy and soon brings back the bike as well as Ben’s dog, who went along for the ride. Ben learns “the importance of always telling the truth,” and the closing pages show him armed with camera, tape recorder, and video camera, even more determined to prove that Bigfoot is real. This is an amusing take on a well-known tale, and the Bigfoot element has great kid appeal. Bigfoot’s narrative voice is endearingly friendly but just alien enough to differentiate him from the humans: “I didn’t normally talk to a Littlefoot. But there was something about this Ben I liked.” Magoon’s digitally created illustrations are skillfully composed, and the expressions and positions of his slightly blocky figures are often humorous. Most of the action takes place in the same spot, with a change in sky color indicating the passage of time, and the repeated setting effectively highlights the interactions of the small, brunette Ben and the large, brown, slightly gorilla-like Bigfoot. While educators might want to use this in comparison with “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” it could also be paired with Spires’ Larf (BCCB 4/12) for a successful Sasquatch storytime. (BCCB)

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!, by Scott Magoon, is a clever story told from an unknown point of view. (You eventually meet the surprising narrator.) But the story teaches several character building traits necessary to become an honest adult: telling the truth, being trustworthy and maintaining friendships. The colorful illustrations fill every page. (Newton's Book News)

About the Author

Scott Magoon has illustrated many critically-acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Rescue & Jessica by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, which also received a Schneider Family Book Award, Straw by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman. He is the author-illustrator of Breathe, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Read Aloud and a Best Book of the Year by the HuffPost and Chicago Public Library. Scott lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Visit him online at

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0088Q0I32
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Illustrated edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 5, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10842 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Scott Magoon has illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestselling RESCUE &amp; JESSICA: A LIFE-CHANGING FRIENDSHIP by Jessica Kensky &amp; Patrick Downes, MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK BY Ame Dyckman, SPOON by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and THE NUTS series by Eric Litwin. He is also the author/illustrator of BREATHE and THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT. He lives in Massachusetts. Visit him online at

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