Back to School with Bigfoot

BERGER, Samantha & . illus. by David Pressler. 40p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545859738.
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.

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