The Littlest Bigfoot is a fantasy novel written by Jennifer Weiner and it is told from three different perspectives.
First, you have Alice, an overweight, clumsy twelve-year-old who doesn’t fit in anywhere – no matter what. Her parents are too caught up in their own worlds to pay much attention to her and they spend very little time with her at all. In struggling to find her place, Alice has been constantly moved from school to school her whole life because no one seems to want her anywhere.
The boarding school that Alice has been sent to this year is located at a campground in the woods. Quite literally everyone is accepted here. Whether you have a physical deformity, you don’t fit into social norms, you have a mental difference, or you just have a strong passion for something (like the girl who spends most of her time bettering her fencing skills), all are welcomed.
The second perspective told is from a Yare (or Bigfoot) named Millie. Belonging to a clan who dwells deep in the woods hidden from human eyes, she is the daughter of the tribe leader and it is her destiny to become chief one day. However, Millie does not want the tribe to become hers. All she desperately wants is to bridge the gap between her world and the No-Fur’s (humans), to be connected with them and to become a singer.
The third perspective is that of Jeremy, a boy determined to find a Bigfoot since no one besides his friend Jo believes in them like he does.
Something very prevalent in this story is the struggle of learning how to fit in. Making friends, dealing with bullies, learning where you fit into your family, overcoming the hurdles of awkward adolescence. In each perspective, the youths are dealing with similar struggles and feelings. While Alice’s is an extreme case of constantly being tossed to and fro, I think that the story can be relatable to anyone during those awkward years.
While there were some minor things I didn’t care for, overall I enjoyed this story. I love the world that Jennifer created for the Bigfoots. I thought her creative way of using the anonymity of the internet was clever. Yes, Bigfoots are online. Your favorite Etsy shop just might be run by one!
Another thing that I loved from this book was that when they were faced with a crisis towards the end, everyone at the school pulled together. It was a powerful scene of them coming to the conclusion that despite their differences, we all deserve to be who we are and to do what we love. As I read it, I thought, what a perfect book to write a post about for the Giddy Goats, because it fits our motto so well! Now, I don’t agree with the extent they took this mindset to, but the message was powerful nonetheless.
The Littlest Bigfoot left off with a very interesting and strange twist, so… readers will have to wait and see where Jennifer Weiner takes this story next!
Until next time,