The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monster journal begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot. Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a youtube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo will have to rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Independent Publishers Award – Bronze Medal: Juvenile fiction.
US Review of Books
“He had a sack full of peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches in there with him because he never went anywhere without a sack full of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.”
In the seemingly never-ending quest to educate children at younger and younger ages, people sometimes forget that kids are really kids—not simply pint-sized adults eager to learn the latest math equation or scientific formula. Fortunately, author Slater is keenly aware of this and has begun a series of books that will likely teach kids a lot even though they might think they’re simply having fun.
This book is for younger children. If they are old enough to watch cartoons, look at pictures, and comprehend basic stories, then they are old enough for this well-written and enchantingly illustrated story. They need not be able to read. It’s the perfect book for a loving parent to be able to walk their children through.
The heroes of the story are the kids themselves—three mop-topped scamps young enough to still need parental supervision, but old enough to get into all sorts of adventurous mischief on their own. They live with their dad in Oregon. He’s a TV sleuth dedicated to unmasking fakery as it relates to things out of the ordinary, such as magic, monsters, and the paranormal. They’re precocious scamps dedicated to fun, frolic, and finding any and all monsters that might come their way. Surprisingly, they run into more than one in this opening book—a big hairy Sasquatch, and two flesh and blood humans who give adults a bad name.
Older kids too, who can read for themselves, are also likely to find this slim volume fun and entertaining. The Mattigan kids, and their impending adventures with monsters, may prove a great way to get children started on a lifelong love affair with books. RECOMMENDED The Book Adventures of Emily
Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot is a cute story with lots of mystery. The kids are curious and eager to learn about whether or not certain ‘monsters’ exist. There are many teachable moments in this book which is no shocker since it is written by a teacher. I can see younger kids reading this story with a parent and older kids reading this one on their own. Overall I give this book 4 stars.
Reading for the Stars and Moon
I really enjoyed reading Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot. It was cute with very likable characters who are just amusing and adventurous, and I just loved them and everything about this story.
Sage Adderley Reviews
My family and I live in the Pacific Northwest so of course, we are big fans of Bigfoot. My son wanted to read this as soon as he read the title. He’s almost eight and was able to read this story on his own, but we read some parts together. He resonated the most with Max and Theo as they played spy and got into trouble. That gave my kid quite a chuckle. I thought the plot was well-developed and think this book deserves 5 stars!
Bound 4 Escape
Bigfoot is a delightful story with funny illustrations that children will enjoy. The dialogue is great and what fun it is to have a children’s book with a couple of twists.
Jbronder Book Reviews
5 Stars: I love David Michael Slater’s Forbidden Book series and couldn’t wait to review Mystery Monsters: Bigfoot. This is a great story for mid grade readers. I couldn’t help feeling bad for the Mattigan kids, here they were trying to help their Grandpa Joe but things go wrong. I love the ending with the peanut butter and banana sandwiches, so cute This is a great story and one that any age would like. Make sure to check out this and other stories from David Michael Slater.