Big Foot and Little Foot
by Potter, Ellen; Sala, Felicita (ILT)

A young sasquatch looking for a friend and a young boy searching for a sasquatch form an unlikely friendship.

Ellen Potter is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the Olivia Kidney series, Slob, The Kneebone Boy, and most recently, the Piper Green series. She lives in Maine. Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator and lives in Rome.

*Starred Review* Hugo is a young Sasquatch (a squidge) with dreams of seeing the Big Wide World, but he's forbidden from venturing far from the Sasquatch settlement in Widdershins Cavern. One of the few occasions he and the other squidges are allowed out is for their hide-and-go-sneak class, during which they practice moving through the woods undetected. Midway through Hugo's turn, a human wanders into their midst, and Hugo can't help but laugh at its silly appearance-it doesn't have red eyes or smell like dead porcupines at all! Unfortunately, the sound catches the boy's attention, and he locks eyes with Hugo before running off. Blunder! Confined to his room, Hugo sends a toy boat down a small stream, and the next day it returns containing a human figurine. So begins their Sasquatch-human letter exchange (unprecedented!) until a misunderstanding prompts Hugo to break all the rules and patch things up with his new friend, Boone. Readers will easily connect with Hugo, whose experiences in school and with family and friends transcend species divides. Potter gives her amusing and adventurous plot just the right amount of detail to bring it to life, as do Sala's simple line drawings. This warmhearted new series, particularly suited for reluctant readers or chapter-book newbies, promises more laughs and exploits from the entertainingly paired Hugo and Boone. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Curious about the Big Wide World outside his Sasquatch community, Hugo makes a friend who is of it. Sasquatch Hugo's bedroom is inside a cave and possesses the charming feature of a small stream running through it that he can sail his little toy boat on. It's cool, but he yearns to see the Big Wide World. When he asks his smart friend Gigi if a Sasquatch might become a sailor, she says it's possible but would be difficult—the primary rule of their people is to not be seen by Humans. Then, in everyone's favorite Hide and Go Sneak class, which is held outside, a Human appears; Hugo laughs at the sight, drawing Human attention in a taboo-breaking mistake. Shortly after, Hugo's toy boat floats into the cave with a Human toy—soon, it's facilitating a pen-pal-type relationship that's derailed when Hugo confesses to being a Sasquatch and Human Boone, a budding cryptozoologist, doesn't believe him. How Hugo and Boone resolve this misapprehension and become friends in a jo int search for the Ogopogo concludes this series opener. Potter keeps the third-person narrative tightly focused on Hugo's perspective, and the details she uses to flesh out the Sasquatch world are delightfully playful. Sala's drawings depict a homey Sasquatch cavern community, Boone as a freckled, white boy, and Hugo as a hairily benevolent behemoth. A charming friendship story and great setup for future books. (final art unseen) (Fantasy. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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