Hi everyone, I hope you all up in the US and UK are enjoying your summer!! My sister’s little ones will be looking forward to their summer holidays with lots of fun stuff and activities. So, to help you all celebrate your summer holidays, this week’s post will feature a pair of books that have a summery feel to it… of sorts… you’re going to have to click the button to find out now!!
The littlest bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner takes us on a fascinating journey into the life of Alice Mayfair. At twelve-years in age, Alice slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one night, she finds one. But there’s a catch, Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people, – No-furs, as they call them – are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star. Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other – and have faith in themselves above all else. Brimming with equal parts humour and heartbreak, The Littlest Bigfoot is an irresistible adventure about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong. Filled with loads of hilarious dialogue, this heartwarming story transported me to the wilderness and to a world of wonder and magic. I couldn’t believe that best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner had created this awesome middle grade story!! This first instalment has also been nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s book award in 2018!!
The sequel, Little Bigfoot, Big City, has us readers returning to Alice’s life as she goes in search of her past and her identity. Her best friend Millie Maximus, a tiny Bigfoot with a big voice, prepares for her future. Together they plan to sneak off to New York City, where Millie hopes to audition for The Next Stage, the TV show she’s sure will rocket her to stardom and free her from the suffocating expectations of her tribe. Meanwhile Jeremy Bigelow’s Bigfoot research has put him on the radar of a shadowy government organization led by a mysterious man named Trip (Skip) Carruthers. The Bigfoots have something, a chemical so powerful and dangerous that the government will do anything to obtain it. And Jeremy is tasked with securing it once and for all. In an unexpected twist of fate, Jeremy, Alice, and Millie find themselves facing off at a crossroads. But in order to determine where they’re going, they have to first figure out where they come from – and draw the line between what is good, what is evil, and what it means to be a hero. An exciting sequel filled with adventure and mystery!! I thought this was better than the first!! The imagery in each chapter made me feel as if I was just behind their footsteps and again, I was mesmerized by this story!! The way it ended made me think that maybe Jennifer Weiner has a third one in store for us!! I truly hope she does!!
My rating for both titles: 5⭐