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Into the Woods by J. Torres

Into the Woods

by J. Torres, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)

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Rufus goes unwillingly to visit his grandmother in the woods. While there, he discovers the woods have a lot more to offer than he thought! He accidentally turns himself into a sasquatch with magic totem. This is the introduction into the Bigfoot Boy series.
  TammyBB | Jul 25, 2016 |
Rufus is bo-o-o-ored at his grammy's house in the country. But when he follows a girl into the woods and finds a totem in a hollowed-out tree, things become a whole lot more interesting. Especially when he reads the word etched into the magical talisman: "Sasquatch." ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Feb 16, 2016 |
Really disappointed with this. What a missed opportunity for using Sasquatch as an entry into woods lore, or for a city boy to gain an appreciation for the natural environment. Sasquatch is treated as a superhero having some silly conflict with wolves who want to steal his powers. It's simplistic to treat wolves as greedy bad guys. There's also a missed opportunity for an interesting relationship between the boy and girl characters. I feel that the author is writing down to kids, not respecting their ability to grasp anything more subtle than violence. ( )
  JoeCottonwood | Mar 30, 2013 |
Reason for Reading: I love Faith Erin Hicks and read anything new she has out, even if she is only the illustrator.

So not the most original story in the world when a boy ventures into the woods, finds a talisman, reads the word inscribed on it and turns into a 'Bigfoot', uttering the word backwards turns him back to human. But things get better when we add in the fun characters and side plots. Rufus is bored staying with his grammy who is watching her soaps and meets a girl who is very attuned to 'her' woods and has the attitude to match her self-imposed ownership. He also meets a talking squirrel who becomes his ally once he turns Sasquatch. When the local wolf pack discovers he's found the long lost totem, they try to get it for themselves by kidnapping the girl and blackmailing Rufus into turning it over. The bad guys are out of luck today. The book ends with a finite ending to these events but clearly sets the stage for a continuing series. Hicks illustrations are wonderful and really the highpoint of this graphic. Her characters are cute and lovable and yet 'real' with an edge. I always find that she seems to draw the same female character over and over again in her books but this time the main female character has some of the same qualities found in her usual style while venturing out to look different. Hicks' characteristic style is highly present though and this is a visually pleasing and well-presented piece. With a Canadian author and illustrator it makes a great addition to Canadian comics. I enjoyed it and would read the next book. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 18, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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