A basic exploration of the appearance, behaviors, and origins of Bigfoot, the hairy mythological creatures known for their large footprints. Also included is a story from folklore about a woodsman who feeds Bigfoot.
Part of the Amazing Mysteries series
From gruesome ghouls to elusive Bigfoot, mythical creatures continue to capture the imaginations of human beings around the world. Appealing to fans of the paranormal and unexplained, this series explores the legendary hold such Amazing Mysteries have over us and examines what is known or supposed about the origins, physical features, motivations, and dwellings of fabled creatures. Each volume also includes a folk tale about a legendary encounter with the creature.
How does Bigfoot communicate? Where do elves live? How do fairies party? Interested readers will learn the answers to questions they never thought to ask in this fact-filled series. Each creature has their roots traced back to their mythological origin story. Global belief and appearances are shared alongside historical and modern illustrations. When possible, photographic evidence is shared such as plaster casts of Bigfoot’s feet. The books move beyond the typical Western understanding of these myths and introduce readers to the Aziza, West African fairies that live in anthills, and the si’lwah, an ancient Arabian shapeshifting ghoul. While there is no glossary, vocabulary words can be found at the bottom of each page and contain some words that are sure to expand readers’ vocabulary. VERDICT An entertaining gateway into world culture and mythology. A great pick for reluctant readers.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2022
Sasq’ets, Sasquatch and Skunk Ape are few names for the mysterious forest-dwelling being that has captured the imaginations of humans, but the most common name for the beast is Bigfoot. Named for the large footprints it leaves, Bigfoot is an elusive creature with more than 3,000 reported sightings throughout North America; however, no clear photographs of Bigfoot exist. Well-deserving of a place among other “Amazing Mysteries,” the title accomplishes the series goals of summarizing the physical features and habitat of Bigfoot, before concluding with a folk tale about the legendary creature. Photographs of perceived Bigfoot footprints and blurred images depicting Bigfoot aid readers in creating a visual for the mythical creature of which much of its history remains a mystery. The title also extends the focus beyond North America by introducing examples of creatures like Bigfoot found elsewhere in the world, such as the Yeti of the Himalayas, Yeren of central China, and the Australian Yowie. Appealing to fans of the paranormal and unexplained, the “Amazing Mysteries” series offers age-appropriate information, vocabulary, and key facts relating to history’s most intriguing mythical creatures.
–Children's Literature, 08/30/2022