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The Lost Boy and the Monster

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Old Foot-Eater has been living in the forest forever, so it was only a matter of time before he ensnared the lost boy. But the lost boy has been making friends with the scorpion and the rattlesnake, and it is because of his kindness that he might be able to escape becoming lunch for the awful old monster.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 24th 1999 by Putnam Juvenile (first published May 1st 1999)
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May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was good, but I wished there had been a few notes included. The style of the illustrations and the inclusion of a rattlesnake and scorpion as the grateful animals imply that this is a Native American story, but I don't know if that's just setting and the author invented the story, or if it is an extant myth. It felt a bit like something was missing -- why the the boy Lost? Clearly this takes place near a human settlement (the monster finds plenty of people to eat the feet of, the animals ...more
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Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I understand what this book is trying to teach children, how everything has a place in this world. However, I am a little concerned with what children may actually take away from the story. For example, rattlesnakes are okay to approach at all, and scorpions are safe to be around. Believe me, while reading this with my six year old, I made sure he understood that these creatures are best left alone!
Bradley Cooper
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Native American folktale that is done well. Seemed a lot more modern than most.
Lori Taylor
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The incredible art and story are captivating and speak to young and old on how to be in the world.
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of the Lion and the Mouse, this is the tale of a boy who helps others and is then helped by himself. My students just loved this book and clapped as I finished it. The monster is creepy and comical and the boy's good deeds are laudable.

Old Foot Eater is an awful monster who lives in a tree and catches young children by coiling a very sticky rope at the bottom of a tree. Old Foot Eater particularly likes eating the feet of small children. A lost boy, who has wandered so long that he's
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Craig Strete is a Native American science fiction writer. He is noted for his use of American Indian themes and has had multiple Nebula Award nominations.
Beginning in the early 1970s, while working in the Film and Television industry, Strete began writing emotional Native American themed, and science fiction short stories and novellas. He has had three Nebula Award nominations: two for the short