Big Foot and Little Foot: The Squatchicorns, by Ellen Potter, a review

This chapter book, The Squatchicorns by Ellen Potter, tells a yarn just for that young reader who likes gentle, fantastic stories. Engaging illustrations by Felicita Sala bring it to life.

It’s the third book in a series about a friendship between a human boy, Boone, and a young Sasquatch, Hugo. As the story opens Hugo is playing in his cave apartment with his sister, when he receives a bottled message in a toy boat in the creek that runs through the cavern. It’s from Boone, inviting him to his birthday party at his cottage in the woods.

But Hugo isn’t woods-savvy enough to get himself to the party. What’s he going to do?

Enter some visitors who look a lot like furry Hugo and his sister, except that they have a single horn on their heads. They’ve escaped from their own cave because it seems it’s haunted. And they know the woods.

A fun adventure with the young squatchicorn named Nogg ensues, complete with birthday party and a mystery to solve.

This book does its job well as a gentle, engaging story for beginning readers. I’ll give it four stars: * * * *

This book was published in March 2019 by Amulet Books, which gave me a free copy of the book, no strings attached.

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The Hotel Between by Sean Easley, a review

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, a review

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, a review

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My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver, a review

My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver Published 2018 by Candlewick Press, 268 pages Genre: Middle Grade historical It's April, 1970, in Red Grove, Alabama. Lu, a sixth-grade girl from a Venezuelan family, just wants to get along … [Continue reading]