The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon

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He's big. He's funny. He's not real. Or IS he? This clever twist on 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

About Scott Magoon

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Scott Magoon is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer; Kara LaReau’s Rabbit and Squirrel and Ugly Fish, which was a CCBC Blue Ribbon winner; The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by Alice Flaherty, which was named to the 2009–2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List; Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman; and Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He is also both the author and illustrator of Hugo & Miles; I’ve Painted Everything; Mystery Ride; and The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, which Kirkus Reviews called “entertaining and clever—and that’s no lie.” The art director at a major children’s publisher, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Visit him at
Published February 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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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.

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Magoon retells “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in a book whose suspenseful, funny pictures and surprise narrator trump its familiar plot.

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

PreS-Gr 2—Ben likes attention, and he gets it by saying that he's seen Bigfoot. In this new take on "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," a young boy goes above and beyond to gain notoriety, luring folks in with fake footprints and promises of vi

Jan 01 2015 | Read Full Review of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

K-Gr 1—Adam Verner voices Bigfoot as he narrates the story of how he met his friend Ben. Ben, a young boy who loves to tell stories, has concocted one about meeting Bigfoot. Not surprisingly, nobody believes Ben, and it comes as a shock to Bigfoot himself

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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 roun

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!

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