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Summary: A Bigfoot monster named Mr. Biggs tries everything he can think of to have some fun in the city but nothing works until children in a park play with him. This picture book offers a story about curiosity, change, and emotions.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.4
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Although our daughter was "too old" for this book, she read it - and enjoyed it. She laughed at Mr. Biggs' predicaments and kept a close eye on squirrel on every page.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story. The brightly colored illustrations keep it light, though Mr. Biggs is not a scary character at all. What struck me - and what I liked - was the way the author presented the idea that even when something doesn't work out as expected, that doesn't mean you should stop trying new things.
Pros: Lots of everyday humor and a cute Bigfoot will have young readers asking to hear this story again.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Everyone will enjoy the laugh-out-loud moments of this story.
Educational Themes: The inside cover blurb emphasizes Mr. Biggs' curiosity. There is also plenty of content where you can emphasize perseverance and a positive attitude - even when things don't turn out as expected. The illustrations offer lots of opportunities to explore and ask questions - where are the bees? what's the squirrel doing? With Spanish text at the bottom and vocabulary at the end, you can also pose your questions en espanol.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.