It’s kind of sweet that this book came out on Halloween, since several of the characters are putting on masks or wearing metaphorical disguises. Those smartypants publishing folks were probably planning that whole connection, right?
Even if they had, it wouldn’t take away from this book. Sequels and trilogies can be problematic – the characters don’t hold up with more observation, there’s a temptation to do too much, or you find yourself realizing that the future you imagined for a character after the first book is wildly different from the author’s. Maybe, just maybe, you still think yours is better.
What’s nice about Little Bigfoot, Big City is that the characters do grow and change, and they do it in realistic ways that didn’t bug me. There are challenges, moments of confusion, misunderstandings and many mistakes to be made. Deep down, however, you believe that each one of the main characters wants to do what’s best and what’s right, even if that isn’t easy. They might be on what look like opposite sides of an issue, but they are really trying.
And that’s all we can expect of ourselves some days. Am I perfect? No way. But when I mess up, I try to make amends. I try to see the other person’s point of view. Does it matter if I’m Yare or human? Maybe not.
Little Bigfoot, Big City by Jennifer Weiner