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A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist in this eBook with audio.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 establishingA classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist in this eBook with audio.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. Includes audio!...

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ISBN : 9781442468665
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Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! Reviews

  • Richie Partington
    2019-05-06 22:08

    Richie's Picks: THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! by Scott Magoon, Simon & Schuster, February 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-1257-7"I didn't normally talk to a Littlefoot. But there was something about this Ben I liked. He was a determined fellow. I also liked his bike! I asked, 'Mind if I take it for a ride?'"As we know, young kids soak up new words better than the leading brand of paper towels. So watch your mouth! No, what I really mean is that it is always great to see big, juicy words in a fun picture book story.There happens to be an old favorite word of mine in Scott Magoon's version of THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! (a takeoff, of course, on The Boy Who Cried Wolf).That word is "tenacious." It is a favorite of mine because that is what we nicknamed my now-adult daughter Rosemary around the time she began kindergarten. Many days it seemed as if she gave new meaning to that word.A Google search for "te-na-cious" yields these meanings:"Adjective1. Not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle: 'a tenacious grip'.2. Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action: 'a tenacious legend'.Synonyms:persistent - tough -stubborn - dogged - obstinate"We find this juicy word used twice in this story because Ben, the boy who cries “BIGFOOT!” goes to great lengths to have everyone believe his claims -- both before and after he encounters Bigfoot. The great twist on this version is that we soon figure out that the story is actually being narrated by Bigfoot. He's a pretty loveable creature, or so we learn when he appears in the wake of Ben's repeated lies, takes off with Ben's bike and dog (leaving Ben in the dark fruitlessly calling for help), but then returns them both unscathed. "So Ben and his family went home and had a hot meal. I don't know what a hot meal is, but I do know that Ben learned the importance of always telling the truth. And he wanted everyone to know he really had seen me."Fun; goofy; great illustrations; and one tenacious boy. Richie Partington, MLISRichie's Picks http://[email protected]

  • Matthew Hunter
    2019-05-08 23:08

    I enjoyed a number of things about The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!:- Our toddler wanted a repeat read.- Magoon's illustrations, especially his depiction of light (fading and brightening skies), were well done.- It's fun that you don't know until halfway through the book that Bigfoot's the narrator. Bigfoot's name for Ben - Littlefoot - is hilarious.- The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! breathes fresh life into the classic tale of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".- I found Magoon's depiction of Ben's parents' love for him to be very sweet. The book made Sigourney and me happy.- Bigfoot can be a scary, mysterious being for young kids to encounter. Magoon makes Bigfoot and other frightening monsters safe for his youngest readers. If Ben and his little sister can meet their fears head on, why can't we?So why not more stars? Other than the use of Bigfoot instead of a wolf, there's not much creative here. Magoon's merely tweaking and regurgitating previously-used story ideas. I tend to prefer source material over such retellings. But don't let my 3-star rating deter you from picking this one up for yourselves. Sigourney'd never encountered "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", was fascinated by the artwork, and squealed "Whazzat!" when Bigfoot stepped out of the trees for the first time. More than likely, your little one will like it, too.

  • The Library Lady
    2019-04-21 01:03

    Once more, I HATE the "Berenstain Bears" and every other badly written morality fable out there. I HATE biliotherapy because it's a crock. And I HATE when parents come in wanting to use "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" as a way to teach their kids not to lie. Puh-leez!This isn't a morality fable. Heck, Ben may have learned "the importance of always telling the truth", but all it really means is that when he really DOES see Bigfoot and can't prove it, he is determined to prove it.As Magoon says, he is "tenacious". And I love him using that grown-up word, because you can read this to your toddler, but he won't get it. This is another book for preschoolers and early elementary kids to laugh over, complete with great art that has "big kid" feel. Share it with the bigger kids and enjoy it yourself.

  • Allie Sumner
    2019-04-26 18:59

    This adorable retelling of the age old fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” will have you laughing out loud! My littles enjoyed the easy to understand story and my three year old even picked up that the story warns against lying. The author also throws the mini-reader for a loop by introducing one big word…Tenacious. Believe me, my son noticed. The second that word came out of my mouth he was asking me what it meant. Needless to say, I’m impressed!The illustrations have muted colors but I feel that it helps to partner with the story instead of overwhelm it. I enjoyed reading this story to me son and will be keeping an eye out for further books from this author.To see my full review of this title and many more, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!

  • Dolly
    2019-05-09 22:08

    I love that the story is told from the point of view of a character that is discovered later in the story. Without giving away the plot, it's an entertaining take on the classic fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop. The narrative is fun to read aloud and the digital illustrations are colorful and cartoonish and really steal the show. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-10 21:06

    Like the boy who cried wolf, Ben swears that he has seen Bigfoot and that the others have just missed him. But when he finally does meet the creature, no one believes him. The digital illustrations fit the story well as Ben finally does get his wish, but then determinedly, wants to prove that he did see Bigfoot. I like to imagine that Bigfoot is still out there, watching Ben and his antics with amusement.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-07 19:00

    A twist on the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." The story is told from Bigfoot's perspective which makes for a humorous telling and a non-threatening presence of such a mysterious and sometimes feared figure. Digital illustrations perfectly complement the story and add so many extras for young readers to pick up on. GREAT read aloud with some excellent vocabulary words (i.e tenacious is used frequently).

  • Rachael
    2019-05-04 01:02

    I really liked this book. Now that I'm reflecting on it again I'm feeling a little less enthused about it, though. Sure it was humorous and it does a good job of simplifying the classic tale of the boy who cried wolf (without getting gruesome) but I feel like the author could have taken it a step further and added little more oomph! It's cute, it's funny, and I will be purchasing it for our collection.

  • Kaethe
    2019-05-14 19:54

    library copy

  • Julian
    2019-05-10 19:03

    Great! I was looking to drive this message after the little one has been having real stomach issues, and she's discovered she can use them when she doesn't want to do something, like going to kindergarten. One minute she's fine and enjoying herself, but if we tell her it's time to go to school....stomach pains get to her. Unfortunately, the telling of "Boy who cried wolf" ended up in tears after the image of a beast devouring the cute sheep, so "The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!" was a great alternative. The message is the same, but it has its funny bits. Most important, my daughter seems to have understood the message, but it'll surely have to be repeated.

  • Lexi
    2019-05-03 19:44

    A good book with a good message. I think children in Preschool-grade 2 would enjoy it as a read aloud. The message is to always tell the truth, and it has new vocabulary words that could lead to great class discussions.

  • Suzanne Kunz Williams
    2019-04-26 20:49

    A great tale on why you shouldn't lie.*Talking points - Why is it so hard to believe someone if you know they have lied to you before? When is it hard to tell the truth? Do you admire people who lie or tell the truth?

  • Susan
    2019-05-12 16:53

    Fun twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Kids love Bigfoot.

  • Lindsey Binford
    2019-05-08 17:45

    Anders deathly afraid of it

  • Anna
    2019-05-20 20:01

    Fun, but the text/dialogue style isn't great for a storytime setting.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-22 20:56

    It was good. This book shows kids why it is important to not tell lies or "cry wolf" as many people say.

  • Emily Nunez-Eddy
    2019-05-20 00:58

    “He walked RIGHT through here, SEE?” says little David, a boy who has been telling tall tales about Bigfoot for a very long time. He is so committed to proving to everyone that he really had seen Bigfoot that he even carves out Bigfoot’s footprints! People come from far and wide to see Bigfoot… but after they wait and wait with no sightings, they know David is lying. But what will David do when he really does see Bigfoot? In this clever boy-cries-wolf tale, David must realize the consequences of his incessant lying… will anyone ever save him from the real Bigfoot? The text in “The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot” is placed in the negative space of pages, often followed by small text bubbles placed above the character talking. The combination of text-bubbles and traditional text lend for a story that is charming and humorous. The text is complemented by illustrations that follow a very interesting color and setting scheme. On the beginning pages, the colors on each page are limited to a single color in various shades — red, followed by brown. This scheme is disrupted by the middle pages, which contain bright, vivid colors typical for a children’s picture book — green grass, a blue sky, and brown trees. The illustrations become circular by the end of the book, as they transform back into pictures that rely on a sole-color scheme. The characters are illustrated somewhat abstractedly and unrealistically, yet the complex and realistic facial expression lend for characters with understandably real human emotions. The progression of shadow and light is utilized throughout the book, as the sun begins to set and the shadows become more and more prominent. The setting in the illustrations remain completely constant up until the last few pages of the book, which creates a sort of uniformity that works quite well in combination with text. Author/illustrator Scott Magoon has created illustrations that parallel the text perfectly and are visually appealing in “The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot”. This fantasy/science story has clear text and text-bubbles, perfect for middle/late readers in elementary school. Because the story is about a mythical creature — Bigfoot — it is appealing for readers who have heard the legend before or are newly introduced. David’s personality and inclination to lie is a relatable trait for many children, causing the presence of Bigfoot to not detract from the overall relevance of the story. The theme of honesty is prominent in this story, as well as the overall moral lesson to not tell lies. The conflict is both person-against-self (as David must deal with the consequences of telling lies) and person-against-person (as David must struggle to make others believe in the existence of Bigfoot). The humorous illustrations, such as the scene in which Bigfoot is hiding behind a tree, unbeknownst to all characters except David, combined with the text and funny text-bubbles create an easily-loved story for all ages.

  • Katie Hanrahan
    2019-05-04 22:47

    Explore the legend of Bigfoot in Scott Magoon's The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot. Young Ben is very fond of telling stories to get attention. He claims to see Bigfoot and when people come around, the beast is never seen. Though he tries his hardest to make them believe, nobody believes he has seen Bigfoot. This story follows that of The Boy Who Cried Wolf with a more modern twist. The story is narrated by none other than Bigfoot. He tells of his friend, Ben and all of his "tenacity." This story can be considered science fiction because it involves Bigfoot, a scientific unknown. It hints at the existence of this creature. The illustrations help readers grasp what they do not fully understand. It depicts Bigfoot as a friendly character, allowing them to connect with him. The illustrations did use a lot of dark colors though, to help facilitate the idea that if Bigfoot does really exist, he is thought to be mean.This book employs very little actual text and the story has enhancing interaction between the few words and the images. The story is told mostly through pictures, but the text adds meaning and character insight. The most explicit conflict in this story is person against society. Both Ben and Bigfoot face the challenge of getting society to believe in them. Bigfoot is speculated to exist and Ben's stories become less than believable. This story is a humorous way to introduce children to the mystery of Bigfoot!

  • Alison
    2019-05-06 19:01


  • Laura
    2019-04-23 19:44

    Ben tries to convince people that there is a Bigfoot in the forest -- he calls people to the woods, makes scary sounds, and creates fake footprints. When the real Bigfoot shows up, no one believes Ben. Bigfoot takes Ben's bike, leaving him stranded until dark when his parents come collect him. And though everyone believes that Ben is only calling 'Bigfoot,' he shows his tenacious spirit by taking a camera into the woods the next day to prove that he really met this mythical beast.The pictures are fun and this fairly straightforward retelling of the classic 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' is well done. I also liked that the narrator of the story is revealed to be Bigfoot himself, though this is fairly subtle and younger readers will most likely not notice.

  • Becky B
    2019-04-22 19:42

    A little boy keeps telling people he's seen bigfoot, even using props to try and prove he's seen the mythical beast. Of course, he's merely been telling tales the entire time. An amused real bigfoot has been narrating the story while observing these activities. Then the real bigfoot decides to teach the little boy a lesson by showing up for real.A humorous and fantastical twist on the boy who cried wolf story. The illustrations fit the tone perfectly. Readers can compare/contrast this with the more traditional tale. It's also, of course, a good book to use when talking about the importance of being a trustworthy person. And you could also use this when talking about point of view or voice in writing, as the bigfoot narrating the story provides a unique perspective.

  • Abby
    2019-05-02 01:04

    This clever story is about a boy named Ben who is known for telling stories and making stories up. One day he tells everyone he has found a Bigfoot. After a while people figure out that he’s not tell the truth..or is he?Activity: Divide students into small groups, assign each a role, Ben, Bigfoot, Mom/Dad or villagers. Have one group of students act out the story, while the others come up with alternative ideas, and how with these new ideas, the story would change. Beforehand ask questions about why telling the truth is good, consequences, and unexpected friendships. Magoon, S. (2013). The boy who cried Bigfoot! New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

  • Theresa Landgren
    2019-05-15 16:52

    The Boy who Cried Bigfoot is about a boy who tells everyone that he saw Bigfoot. People come to see what this boy is talking about and to see Bigfoot, but there's a problem Bigfoot isn't there. The boy was lying. While the boy was looking in the woods he did see Bigfoot and he shouted for everyone to come and see, but no one did. Bigfoot and the boy become friends and strike an unlikely friendship.This is a picture book for students to understand that lying doesn't get you anywhere. It is important to tell the truth and you can teach that to students through this book. It is fun and whimsical.

  • Wendy Elliott
    2019-04-22 16:53

    Okay, I don't like giving bad reviews. I am a Bigfoot enthusiast so I REALLY wanted to like this book when we picked it up at the library. I was also in the process of publishing my own book about a Sasquatch, so I was rooting for this book to be hilariously awesome. However, I just didn't find it very interesting. It was a story already told (the boy who cried wolf), so the idea wasn't really original and I didn't feel like it did a very good job of teaching anything morally. The bigfoot was real and there was no real consequence for the boy's lying in the beginning. Again, I'm sorry for the negative feedback. This just wasn't a fit for me.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2019-05-12 20:07

    An unseen narrator introduces us to Ben, a “tenacious little fellow” who is entirely unsuccessful in convincing his town that he’s seen Bigfoot. Which of course he hasn’t. (That might be the problem.) His efforts leave him alone at the edge of the woods as the sun’s going down… with a new admirer. Magoon has reinvented the classic warning against lying in a totally satisfying way. The narrator’s amused voice is just perfect. I also loved watching the changes in coloring of the woodland scene as they day got later and later. Very pretty.

  • Anita
    2019-04-24 19:55

    This book is play on the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The young boy cries "bigfoot!" and people come running to see and of course when they arrive bigfoot is nowhere to be found. One day bigfoot really does show up and no one shows up to see him because the young boy has broken the trust with his town.I would use this book as a text-to-text reference in my class. I would also use it as a moral lesson about what is right and what is wrong. I also loved that the book was told from bigfoot's point of view. Great book for kids!

  • Niried
    2019-05-16 17:42

    This is a fun little story with a twist on the boy who cried wolf - now, with a boy who cried bigfoot! The art by Scott Magoon is really entertaining and like watching a cartoon. I think fans who enjoy cartoons like, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, will enjoy reading this story! Oh, and if you enjoy this book - I also recommend checking out, *No More Monsters for Me!* by Peggy Parish, Marc Simont (Illustrations). In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting more of Scott Magoon's books - definite Goodreads!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-07 20:47

    Picture Story bookThe Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! Hardcover – February 5, 2013by Scott Magoon (Author, Illustrator)This is a rendition of the boy who cried wolf. The little boy in this story makes up the story of seeing BigFoot. Finally, no one believes him. BigFoot appears and takes the little boy's bike. The neat twist on this story is that it is told from BigFoot's point of view. This is a great pk-2 story to talk about telling the truth. It would even be great in 3-5th grades for point of view. It did not win any awards.

  • Christiane
    2019-05-01 20:57

    Ben liked to tell stories. His favorite was to cry "Look, everyone! It's Bigfoot!" Of course, after a while, no one believed Ben's stories anymore. One evening while he's sitting by the deep, dark forest, he hears a "crick!". You can probably guess what comes out of the woods! This is a clever version of the well-known “Boy Who Cried Wolf” story. The students I shared this with found it very funny!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-10 20:53

    This book, with such an interesting cover and premise, really falls flat. I did it as a read-a-loud with PreK and while they had fun trying to look for Bigfoot on each page, the story wasn't that meaty and thus they were not really invested in Ben and his quest. They also did not understand that the story is told from Bigfoot's point of view. I do like the message of telling the truth for this age though.