There are some authors whose books you have loved, and will take a risk with them, just because you trust them that much. This is how I feel about Jennifer Weiner. Good In Bed and In Her Shoes were both books that I could relate to and laughed my head off while reading. So when I saw The Littlest Bigfoot I knew I wanted to read it.
12 year old Alice feels totally misunderstood. She has never had a friend and can’t seem to find a place where she fits in. She is tall, and large with wild curly hair that cannot be contained. Shuffled from school to school each year, she feels neglected emotionally from her parents. Alice just wants to belong.
Millie is a bigfoot. Like, an actual bigfoot but she is tiny compared to everyone else of her kind. Her parents hover over her, never leaving her alone. She wants to sing loud, when her community prides itself on being hidden for its survival. She also feels misunderstood.
Millie is lving in a small hidden community just down the river from the alternative school that Alice attends. These two girls are so opposite each other, and admire everything about the other person and yet in each other they find a strange friendship and fascination with the other.
I think The Littlest Bigfoot is the book everyone wishes they had as a kid. Every 12 year old girl feels awkward and lonely at some point, wanting to find their own place in the world. A place to belong. This book reminds me that everyone is a little weird – my favorite quote from Dr. Seuss. “We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.”
Doesn’t everyone have an awkward middle school moment? I had big blonde hair and was often called mop head. Then in 4th grade I had a short style and was so embarassed when someone at school asked if I was a boy or a girl. Awkward!
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Me, at varying stages of school years. So, share with me. Any moments you care to share?
- Title: The Littlest Bigfoot
- Author: Jennifer Weiner
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Series: The Littlest Bigfoot (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481470744