Big Foot and Little Foot

Big Foot and Little Foot

Story by Ellen Potter, Art by Felicita Sala

Amulet Books, 2018

Meet Hugo, a Sasquatch, probably the cutest, most curious Sasquatch you’ll ever encounter. He lives a pretty good life in the North Woods with his family. He walks to school with his sister and friends, has a kind, but strict teacher, eats all the acorn butter he wants, and, get this, a small stream runs through his bedroom!

The one thing Hugo dreams about more than anything, while playing with his small wooden boat in his bedroom stream, is to explore the Big Wide World and have adventures.

Only, he can’t. He’s not allowed out in the Big Wide World, because, well, HUMANS!

Humans are all that is bad in a Sasquatch’s world. Humans are dangerous. Gigi, his super smart friend, tells him,

“Humans either want to kill Sasquatches or capture them.”

This is pretty much the belief of all Sasquatches, except for Hugo’s grandpa who says,

“Humans are no worse than Sasquatches. Some are good and some are bad and some are just a pain in the tush.”

Well, fortunately for Hugo, he has a gentle and kind heart. He opens his mind to his grandpa’s beliefs when he meets an actual human boy named Boone. The two become fast friends and partners in adventure!

Both my kids and I adored this funny and clever tale. We loved Hugo’s kind and a naive personality, the names of things like Boone, Mrs. Nukluk, Ripple Worm River, and the charming, warm tone of this precious story simply captivated us.

Adventure, true friendship, bravery in the face of ignorance, silliness, and the pure pleasure of mysteries in our world are some of the treasures you will discover in Big Foot and Little Foot. And we hope it’s just the 1st book of adventure for Hugo and Boone. The pictures by Felicita Sala perfectly illustrate the charm and warmth of the characters and environment in Big Foot and Little Foot.

We met Ellen Potter at our AWESOME, independent bookstore here in Bangor, The Briar Patch, a few weeks ago. Inviting and wonderful to talk to, she was genuinely interested in each child and in sharing her love for storytelling. I’m so glad we discovered her because she’s published a whole bunch of books for kids, including, the Piper Green & the Fairy Tree Series, the Otis Dooda Series, Slob, and Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. What a treasure we discovered in Ellen Potter!

 

Time for Bed with Ford and Red

Time for Bed with Ford & Red by Jacqueline Leigh, illustrated by Mackenzie Fink

Mascot Books, 2017

How’s bedtime at your house with your little ones? To be honest, bedtime with my kids has never gone as I expected. Like most things, the reality of parenting is often so different than how I dreamed it would be. For us, bedtime has often been akin to the witching hour, rather than a bucolic, precious time when I lull my babies to sleep in a matter of minutes.

My kids generally hate bedtime, they don’t like, as Jasper says, “The complete boredom of sleeping.” And they don’t like to be separated from Greg or me. Even while I know this is normal, it can be difficult at the end of the day to handle these moments with care. In fact, Greg usually does bedtime in our house. His well of patience is much deeper than mine. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve generally been with the kids all day, and at the end I’m one tired mama, and he’s one awesome husband and father.

No matter who does bedtime at our house, one thing that always makes the routine better is BOOKS!!! Gosh, I even love the sound of someone reading to me.

We have had so many favorite bedtime books over the years: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman, Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, and I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas by Kevan Atteberry

Most of the time, now that our kids are getting a bit older, Greg or I read to them from a novel at night, but they still love picture books. And Time for Bed with Ford & Red, by Jacqueline Leigh, is one of the most precious picture books I’ve read in a long time. Our kids adore it too! It is the perfect bedtime book for parents and kids alike.

Tucked in nice and cozy, a little boy, Ford, and his special bunny, Red, embark on one big dream adventure. From riding wild horses, to climbing rainbows and deep sea exploring, the pages of this book are full of silliness, friendship, connection and beauty.

Our favorite part, here at Wild for Books, is when they save the baby whale.

A fishing net drops from a ship overhead,

Tangling a baby whale in each tricky thread.

Red tugs at the net with all of his might,

So the baby and his mama can reunite.

The kids and I love that this book is full of imagination, like when the elephant arrives home with them. And Leigh’s lovely words pair beautifully with Mackenzie Fink’s fun and luminous illustrations. Personally, as a parent I love that the adventures are just what every child might find wonderful to dream about.

Filling our kids’ heads with beautiful thoughts and images as we send them off to sleep is what parents everywhere strive to do. And Ford and Red are the perfect companions to invite your kids into dreamland.

Add Time for Bed with Ford & Red to your bedtime routine. You won’t be disappointed!