Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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by J. Torres, Faith Erin Hicks
     
 

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Bored while visiting his grandmother for the weekend, Rufus, an ordinary ten-year-old boy, ventures into the nearby woods after he spies his young neighbor Penny heading there. A city kid, Rufus quickly loses sight of Penny, but while making his way back to Grammy's, he's drawn to an unusual object he sees hidden inside a tree: it's a totem, carved out of wood

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Bored while visiting his grandmother for the weekend, Rufus, an ordinary ten-year-old boy, ventures into the nearby woods after he spies his young neighbor Penny heading there. A city kid, Rufus quickly loses sight of Penny, but while making his way back to Grammy's, he's drawn to an unusual object he sees hidden inside a tree: it's a totem, carved out of wood and hung on a cord. Rufus places the odd-looking thing around his neck and reads out loud the word inscribed on it: ?Sasquatch.? Suddenly, strange things begin happening all around him —- and to him. Rufus doesn't know what's going on, but he's sure of one thing. He'll never be ordinary again!

This is the first title in the unique Bigfoot Boy graphic novel series by award-winning author J. Torres. This intriguing story about an everyday kid who unexpectedly finds himself with a special power will have young readers hooked from the start. The artwork by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks keeps the action moving at a fast pace. With talking animals, likable characters and a plot steeped in magic and mystery, this compelling tale told in pictures and snappy dialogue will be a popular choice for newly independent readers, with particular appeal to reluctant readers. Inspired by the mythologies of the Pacific Northwest, it could also work in the classroom as an introduction to folklore and mythology.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first book in the Bigfoot Boy series, 10-year-old Rufus resigns himself to a boring weekend with his grandmother out in the sticks; instead he finds adventure, magic, and friendship. His chance discovery of a fabled totem in the forest leaves him with the ability to become a sasquatch, guardian of the woods. It also makes him and his new friend Penny targets for those who covet the totem's power. When Penny vanishes, Rufus uses his newfound power to brave the unfamiliar forest and the hidden enemies it contains. Hicks's art is as clean and skillful, as one would expect from her "Friends with Boys" and "Demonology 101" Web comics. Fellow Canadian Torres provides a straightforward adventure that introduces a few problematic elements. Although Penny, a First Nations girl, is profoundly connected to her forest home and a capable woodsman in her own right, she is relegated to sidekick territory while Caucasian outsider Rufus finds the totem and saves the day. Talking animals and an emphasis on humor should broaden the appeal of this fantasy story, but Penny's helplessness in contrast to Rufus's agency is discouraging. Ages 7–10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Kids are fascinated by the legends about Sasquatch. The idea that there is a giant ape running around the woods which has not been discovered officially is tantalizing. There really should be more fiction about Bigfoot and cryptozoology in general. Children find these legends irresistible. "Bigfoot Boy" is a new series designed to tickle the intrigue of children everywhere. Rather than present the fact-versu-myth controversy behind the Sasquatch legends, this is a fictional comic book about a kid who magically becomes Bigfoot under certain circumstances. There is a new friend, a funny animal sidekick, and a little bit of conflict, but this is really an opener for a longer series of books about our hero. Hicks' artwork is, as always, clean, colorful, engaging, and effective. She knows how to draw faces so that the characters' feelings are communicated without having to say a word. This is a strong new series in kids' comics—now we just need more! Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Into the Woods mixes fantasy and a touch of suspense. Ten-year-old Rufus is off to stay with his grandma for a few days. Since her house backs up to a massive forest, he decides to explore and comes across an unfriendly neighbor, Penny, and a magical wooden necklace that allows him to morph into a Sasquatch. A pack of wolves, fearing a shift in the woodland balance of power, is determined to get the necklace back, and use Penny as bait. But Rufus uses his Sasquatch power to save the day-and his necklace-setting the stage for more adventures to come. The plot is easy to follow, but also fairly predictable and doesn't offer much in the way of surprises. The rich, expressive full-color artwork shines, adding humor and ably carrying the story. The book might not leave a lasting impression on every reader, but it will have its fans.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Mom said there was magic in the woods…she probably didn't mean anything like this. Ten-year-old city boy Rufus is staying at his grandmother's house on the edge of a forest for a few days without his parents. Grammy's idea of fun is prune juice and soap operas, so Rufus decides to explore the woods. He meets a girl named Penny, but she's as friendly as a rock. Her older sister, Aurora, tells Rufus Penny's friendlier than she seems, so he doesn't give up on her. When looking for her in the woods, Rufus finds a glowing necklace in a tree. After reading the word on the back, he turns into Bigfoot! Not only is he big, red and hairy, but he can also talk to animals. Sidney the flying squirrel helps him get home. There's danger in the forest as well as magic, and when Penny disappears, Rufus (and Sidney) use the totem to effect a rescue. Canadian author Torres' first in a new series of graphic novels has magic, humor and just a hint of menace. Easy-reading text, all in speech bubbles, will appeal to a wide range of readers. Hicks' bright and glossy cinematic panels are full of action; readers will almost smell the green of the trees. This one gets everything just right. Be prepared for young Sasquatch fans roaring for more. (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554537129
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Bigfoot Boy Series, #1
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
226,847
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

J. Torres is an award-winning writer whose other graphic novels include Alison Dare, Jinx, and Power Lunch. J. lives in Whitby, Ontario.

Faith Erin Hicks draws and writes comics in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her works include The War at Ellesmere, Brain Camp, and Friends with Boys.

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Into the Woods 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
booklover1234MM More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time finding books my 6 year old son will read. He devoured this one!