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Back to School With Bigfoot
Contributor(s): Berger, Samantha, Brockenbrough, Martha, Pressler, Dave (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0545859735     ISBN-13: 9780545859738
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: June 2017

Annotation: The school year is about to start, and Bigfoot is worried about all the things that could go wrong--but he also remembers that all his friends will be there.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sasquatch; Juvenile fiction.
Schools; Juvenile fiction.
Friendship; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
Dewey: 813.6
LCCN: 2016010025
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 191478
Reading Level: 1.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s):
Samantha Berger is the award-winning author of Crankenstein, Snoozefest, Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, and over eighty books for young readers. She also writes cartoons and does voice-overs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and sunny California. Visit her online at samanthaberger.com.

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist, Devine Intervention, and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at marthabrockenbrough.com.

Dave Pressler has created and designed children's characters for a variety of media companies over the past twenty years. He cocreated and designed the Emmy-nominated Nickelodeon animated series Robot and Monster. Dave is also an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work is shown in galleries around the world. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Back to School with Bigfoot is his first picture book. Visit him online at davepresslerart.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
How should Bigfoot shop for shoes? That's just one of his big back-to-school worries, not all of which are because of his size ("What if I can't stand still for class pictures? AGAIN!"). A major part of this humorous book's appeal is Pressler's larger-than-life illustrations. A relatable story to reassure young readers that school isn't that scary (and neither is Bigfoot). Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 May #3)

Bigfoot has a giant case of back-to-school jitters in this comedy about facing everyday fears. Berger (Crankenstein) and Brockenbrough (The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy) cleverly transfer the familiar anxieties of school-bound kids to their hairy hero. Shopping for clothes is a particular challenge for this "extra-extra-large" creature ("You Rip, You Buy," warns a dressing-room sign), and Bigfoot's fur makes getting a haircut an ordeal, too. Pressler, in his first children's book, places Bigfoot in numerous slapstick scenarios, which are all the funnier since all of his classmates are human. But worries seem less monstrous when he starts remembering all the fun things that come with school, including playtime and art projects with friends. As fear gives way to FOMO, Bigfoot proudly stomps off to school—a reassuring model for kids big and small. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: (for Berger) Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; (for Brockenbrough) Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (June)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 August)

K-Gr 2—No one has bigger back-to-school jitters than Bigfoot. In this humorous first-person narrative, Bigfoot explains how everything is bigger for him: shopping for extra-extra large clothing, a haircut that takes all day, and don't even get him started on shoe shopping (he is Bigfoot, after all). Berger and Brockenbrough aim to make returning to school no big deal at all, especially after Bigfoot realizes that if he doesn't go back to school, he'll miss out on having the best teacher ever, doing enormous art projects, going on field trips, and, most important, he'll miss seeing all of his friends. The text includes some helpful reminders about school, but Bigfoot, with his extra-large concerns, is the appeal of this silly story. Pressler's digitally rendered pen and ink illustrations are lively, amusing, and packed with entertaining details, and feature a diverse classroom. VERDICT Great for the classroom, storytime, or one-on-one sharing for anyone with anxiety about starting school. Pair with Adam Rex's School's First Day of School for some fun, unexpected first-day-of-school comic relief.—Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
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