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The Lost Boy and the Monster (Picture Books)

by Craig Kee Strete

Hardcover, 1 pages

Published by Putnam Juvenile (1999-05-24)

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When a little boy is ensnared in the forest by an ancient monster, Old Foot-Eater, he is able to call upon his past kindness to both a scorpion and a rattlesnake for their aid in his rescue.

One Potato Review

Old Foot Eater is the name of the monster here, and it’s not for nothing. This is a pretty gruesome creation – apparently drawn from Native American legend – who lives in an old basket in the treetops dangling his sticky icky rope to catch children. The lost boy of the title befriends a snake and scorpion – or anyway he doesn’t just kill them, exceeding their expectations, then they exceed his. This gets to the heart of what we mean when we say, If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you back – not incidentally a pretty significant sticking point in Native American history. Creepy and unapologetic.   

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