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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bigfoot Boy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537112
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What young boy, or girl, for that matter, hasn’t dreamed of being bigger, stronger, and more powerful? When Rufus repeats the incantation on the back of a strange totem he finds in the woods, that’s exactly what happens: he turns into Bigfoot Boy—huge, hairy, and able to talk to the animals in the forest. When several wolves try to blackmail Rufus into giving them the totem by kidnapping his friend Penny, Rufus must use his new powers to save her. Torres delivers believable characters and a plausible setting and backstory that make Rufus’ transformation into Bigfoot Boy easy to embrace. Hicks’ expressive artwork is one of the book’s strengths, her strong black lines never obscuring the emotions shown on the characters’ faces. A solid introduction to a new adventure series, and young readers will clamor for a second volume. Grades 3-5. --Eva Volin

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* "... magic, humor and just a hint of menace. ... This one gets everything just right. Be prepared for young Sasquatch fans roaring for more." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"The rich, expressive full-color artwork shines, adding humor and ably carrying the story." --School Library Journal

Customer Reviews

I adored this book.
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I would recommend any parent to buy this book to their school-age children.
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Nothing but a glorified comic book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I liked this book very much. I'm also 7 years old. I like pretty much everything in this book. It is so exciting. Rufus, the main character, is funny. The only hard word was sasquatch backwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
A city kid in the woods, a little magic, a new friendship and an adventure that tests our hero's courage and resourcefulness. How's that for a nice combination?

Rufus isn't crazy about visiting his grandmother, and a snarky girl from next door doesn't help. Neither do the scary woods. But Rufus finds he has a bit of an adventurous streak. He makes friends with neighbor Penny. He starts to understand the woods. He finds a magical talisman and learns even more about himself.

This is a bit more than a chapter book, and a bit easier than what I think of as middle grade fiction. There isn't much in that in-between area, and this engaging book may help to fill in that gap. It's a graphic novel, but there's a fair amount of prose and the writing is at a higher than average quality. I could see this as having fairly broad appeal and it certainly seems well designed to capture a kid's imagination. Very solid.

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book for review purposes.
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Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: I love Faith Erin Hicks and read anything new she has out, even if she is only the illustrator.

So not the most original story in the world when a boy ventures into the woods, finds a talisman, reads the word inscribed on it and turns into a 'Bigfoot', uttering the word backwards turns him back to human. But things get better when we add in the fun characters and side plots. Rufus is bored staying with his grammy who is watching her soaps and meets a girl who is very attuned to 'her' woods and has the attitude to match her self-imposed ownership. He also meets a talking squirrel who becomes his ally once he turns Sasquatch. When the local wolf pack discovers he's found the long lost totem, they try to get it for themselves by kidnapping the girl and blackmailing Rufus into turning it over. The bad guys are out of luck today. The book ends with a finite ending to these events but clearly sets the stage for a continuing series. Hicks illustrations are wonderful and really the highpoint of this graphic. Her characters are cute and lovable and yet 'real' with an edge. I always find that she seems to draw the same female character over and over again in her books but this time the main female character has some of the same qualities found in her usual style while venturing out to look different. Hicks' characteristic style is highly present though and this is a visually pleasing and well-presented piece. With a Canadian author and illustrator it makes a great addition to Canadian comics. I enjoyed it and would read the next book.
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By Liviania VINE VOICE on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
When Rufus goes into the woods by his grandmother's house, he discovers a totem. Now when he says the word "Sasquatch" he turns into . . . a Sasquatch! But the wolves in the woods want the totem and kidnap his friend Penny to force him into giving it up.

IN THE WOODS isn't long, but it still manages to deliver a good story. The developing friendship between Rufus and Penny is well done, and I liked that there wasn't any drama about Rufus trying to hide his powers. There's only hilarity as he ends up without his clothes and needed to borrow a sheet from Penny's clothesline as he ends up naked after transforming back. (Rufus mind end up going through a lot of clothes over the course of the Bigfoot Boy series.)

I liked Faith Erin Hicks' art in FRIENDS WITH BOYS and I like it in IN THE WOODS too. Her characters are quite expressive. Unlike FRIENDS WITH BOYS, the art in IN THE WOODS is in full color, which suits the age group. She also gets a chance to show off some action chops as Rufus faces off with the wolves.

This fun story will appeal to kids who like stories of friendship and magic. It has something of a folklore atmosphere, but INTO THE WOODS isn't based on any legend I know. Definitely a good choice for young fans of graphic novels. Here's to more adventures featuring Rufus and Penny!
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By David Rose on February 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rufus is staying with his grandmother for a few days. While exploring the woods near the house, he meets Penny, who claims to own the forest. Rufus gets separated from Penny while in the forest and finds a totem on a necklace with the word "sasquatch" carved into it. He puts the necklace on and says the word. Magically, he's transformed into a sasquatch! He finds he now has incredible strength and can talk to animals. To return to normal, he must say the word backwards.

The story by J. Torres is a fun read. The animals Rufus encounters are interesting characters and it's funny how every time he returns to normal, his cloths have disappeared. The art by Faith Erin Hicks is crisp and clear. The characters are very expressive and the woods look authentic.

I look forward to the next installment in this series.

I recommend this book to all ages.
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More About the Author

Currently writing the graphic novel series Bigfoot Boy for Kids Can Press, Power Lunch for Oni Press, and Jinx for Archie Comics.

Other comic book credits include Alison Dare, Archie & Friends, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Copybook Tales, Degrassi: Extra Credit, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Love as a Foreign Language, WALL-E, Wonder Girl, and Wonder Woman.

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