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The Littlest Bigfoot

(The Littlest Bigfoot #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,224 ratings  ·  402 reviews
Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.

But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—No-Furs, as t
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Aladdin
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Asteropê Yes. It is a middle grade novel.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7…more
Yes. It is a middle grade novel.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7(less)

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Miranda Reads
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

Alice...was pretty sure that her uniqueness would, as usual, be more of a problem than a cause for celebration
Alice Mayfair always said or did the wrong thing.

She doesn't have a dainty bone in her body. She'll never make her parents happy.
In seven different schools, over seven entire years, Alice had failed to make even a single friend.
And, unsurprisingly, she is shipped off to her eighth school at age 12...this time it's Experimental Center for Love & Learning, located in a remote wilde
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
My mom won a ARC of this book, and let me read it. Here is my review. I gave it 4.5 stars.
I am 11 years old and found that the perfect interest level, and a little bit easy for reading level (suggested for 8-12 year olds).
I really liked at the beginning when it told me about all of the previous schools that she got kicked out of, it was really funny. I also liked when Alice and Millie first met because it was funny and happy.
I found it a little bit hard to understand Taley at times.
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The Library Lady
Here's the thing: this book is being overrated because the author is, as the cover and blurb trumpet,"A New York Times best selling author."

That's for adults. As far as I know, Weiner hasn't written for kids before, and a lot of adult authors (paging James Patterson for one) really aren't good enough writers to write for kids. Yes, you read that correctly. Having a zillion best sellers does not make a writer good -- Danielle Steele is living proof of that one.

What's sad about this book is tha
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars for The Littlest Bigfoot (audiobook) by Jennifer Weiner read by Keith Nobbs, Emma Galvin and Jen Ponton. This was a wonderful YA story. It was really creative and fun. I really liked the narration.
Kristen Harvey
A cute story with some real issues at hand. One girl feels overly sheltered and her parents don't want her to mix with the humans. The other girl is constantly left at different schools and never feels that she fits in. When they meet, they finally feel like they've found their best friend, but will they be able to stay together? I absolutely loved this book... there's other issues, like bullying.. also thrown into the mix. ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC for review from a Goodreads giveaway. It's a book aimed at children aged 8 - 12 so it's a bit younger even than YA lit but I like the author's adult books so I thought I'd go for it. It's a story about a 12 year old girl, Alice, who is too tall, and awkward and has difficulty making friends. Her parents seem to ignore her and she's had to change schools many times because nothing seems to go right for her. She just doesn't fit in. It's also a story about Millie, who is ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2017
I love Weiner's books, but this one didn't appeal to me. I thought the Bigfoot plot was lame, the way they talked to each other, their names, etc. If the story had just been about Alice I would have liked it better. ...more
Although the plot wasn't new to me, but the avoidance of the usual "whiny" narration for a bullied character as Alice was exceptional in a YA story. Her silent bitterness from her neglecting parents, her indifference and surrender to the rejection that welcomed her in every place she goes to, all of that was quietly well presented.

I think anyone by the last quarter of the story can easily find himself related in a way or another to the three main characters, who were not accepted by their commu
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley-s-books
AMAZING! This book was so heartfelt and perfect for middle age kids (and adults). I want to say that I think the story will be great for boys as well as girls, but I think it will be a bit easier for girls to relate to. I have a 9 year old daughter and cannot wait for her to read this book. It sends such a great message to accept everyone for who they are and "everyone has a thing." This book made me feel so much for all of its characters. I wanted to hug Alice and Millie, I won't mention what I ...more
Lonna Pierce
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Whether describing the Amazon-like Alice with no-fur or Millie, tiny Yare (Bigfoot tribe,) this book overstates the case for celebrating differences. The "Experimental Center for Love & Learning," a hippie-holdover vegetarian school, was built right across the lake from a secluded Yare village. Alice and Millie meet, become friends, and have a plan for detante between humans and Yare when others crudely and rudely threaten to overwhelm them. Not believable and preachy, the weak ending foreshadow ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read to show middle grade students (grades 4-8) the importance of friendship, standing up for our differences, and acceptance. Love, love, love this book! Can't wait for installment #2! ...more
Harold Walters
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun read for twelve year olds. .. especially if they feel out of place and long to find friends...even friends with furry faces, eh b'ys?
Wendi Lee
I picked this book up completely by accident, thinking that it was written by Jodi Lynn Anderson, for some reason. I know that doesn't make any sense at all, but this has been a really stressful week for me (and most of America).

Anyway, I realize now that Jennifer Weiner wrote this book, and she's a hugely prolific author of chick lit novels. I'm glad I didn't know about this at the time I started reading, because I have an aversion (perhaps an irrational one) to chick lit. But I truly enjoyed
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, wish-or-hold
It is always hard to fit in when you are not like the group, you might be big, or not so smart, or you could be a Bigfoot! Weiner corners this market in THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT. The main characters, Alice Mayfield, a lonely girl with no friends and who doesn’t like herself and believes she is too big finds Millie. Millie dreams of being a famous singer but has a big problem. She is a Bigfoot! Yep.. a Bigfoot by birth, even if she is small, and a singer by trade. Then there is Jeremy, he too is misu ...more
Krystal Roe
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tween audiences, their parents and older siblings
I bought and enjoyed the audio version of the book. As the momma of two I always struggle with those hard days when the world doesn't see the perfection of my babies and they come home with sad hearts. So I purchased this with the thoughts of sharing it with them. What I forgot was how close to the surface my own Alice lives. This book is a love letter to the Alice in each of us. A second listen made me realize how deep and multi-dimensional the story is. The author dedicated the book to her dau ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Alice never seems to fit in at any of the many schools she's attended in her young life. Other girls find Alice too big and too gawky to befriend. Then Alice is sent out in the woods to a quirky experimental school and there she meets Millie. Millie is a Bigfoot who doesn't seem to fit in with her people; she's too petite and doesn't have much hair. Millie and Alice quickly become fast friends, but it must all be on the QT, as Bigfoots and humans have lots of preconceptions and fears about each ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, teen, children
The theme of Jennifer Weiner books are often accept yourself and this is no different for children. Alice is 12 years old and doesn't fit anywhere. Her parents don't spend time with her and send her away to school. She feels like an outcast. Millie is a bigfoot and wants to be a singer. Millie lives in a community of bigfoots. She is swimming in the river, when she starts to drown. Alice saves her and they become friends. Millie sneaks out on Halloween with Alice, against her parent's rules. She ...more
I think this just shows how hard it is to write middle grade really well. I've enjoyed some of Weiner's adult fiction, but I didn't love this. The mix of fantasy with realistic fiction didn't work for me, and the fact that the story was told from 3 different perspectives meant we didn't get enough information on any perspective. I wanted either more of the world of the Yare or more of life in the Center. I'd be curious to talk to a kid who has read this to see what they think--maybe some of the ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
A slightly scattered plot that maybe needed more chapters from Jeremy's POV to really do what it needed to do, occasionally clunky prose, and far too many good intentions pushing it toward preachiness added up to a swing and a miss for this first middle-grade effort from Weiner. On the plus side, Alice and Millie were wonderful characters and their friendship was sweet and touching. Plus, Bigfoots! But, overall, the book just didn't quite work for me. ...more
Susan Crowe
I loved everything about this book. Highly recommended! It is a children's book. Maybe can be read from about 4th grade on and read to starting at about 2nd grade. But it's so cute. And really carries a great lesson with it. ...more
Madison McGuiness
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The theme of this story is acceptance. There are three main characters in this story. One is a boy named Jeremy who is teased for his love of bigfoots, he dreams of finding one someday. The second character is a girl who is bigger than others her age, and it seems that people naturally just spot her flaws, without looking to get to know who she truly is. The last is a girl named Millie. She is a bigfoot (Yare, is what they call themselves) and she and the rest of her tribe, have spent their whol ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story for tweens on up. Just a cute story and I enjoyed it as an adult.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
there was a weird plot twist at the very end but it was ok overall
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 11+
****faints from the absolute amazing-ness of this book**** ;P Seriously, though, I fell in love with this book. It was SO wonderful!!!
Carol Mundie
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know this is a kids book but I was attracted to it as a pick for me and honestly I enjoyed the book. I am now reading the second book. It is really a young adult book but well written.
Courtney Sorbello
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
there were so many good parts in this book but i really liked the part where they were describing how Alice looked because it really puts a picture in my head, that she was tall her hair was crazy.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. The author's creativity in creating an entire Bigfoot culture was remarkable and her descriptions of the alternative school and it's teachers and creators made me laugh out loud. It got at the heart of issues that are important to tween and young teens, the idea of belonging and finding your thing.

I was a bit disappointed by the ending for two reasons. 1) I feel like Jeremy's story line was underdeveloped and the character of Jo was somewhat thrown away (although it was hin
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was pretty simple, but a good sweet little story. It says ages 8-12 but I think that is not accurate. Its probaby more of ages 7-10. This book follows 1 girl named Alice through her adventures of friends, bigfoots, and school. If you like a nice little story to fill your afternoon I would choose this. I do have to give points to the author though for writing about something more unique. You don't find that many books out there about bigfeet. So thats a plus! Overall, this book was just ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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