________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 17. . . .January 9, 2015


The Sound of Thunder. (Bigfoot Boy, 3).

J. Torres. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2014.
98 pp., pbk.& hc., $9.95 (pk.), $17.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-894786-59-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-894786-58-4 (hc.).

Subject Heading:
Graphic novels.

Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10

Review by Natalie Schembri.

**** /4



Finders keepers!

He who found the totem, keeps the totem!

He who keeps the totem, protects the forest!


In The Sound of Thunder, the third installment of the “Bigfoot Boy” series, readers return to a scene of panic where the trickster raven has mischievously flown away with the desirable and transformative totem necklace. He is determined to keep the Q’achi totem away from Rufus. But the ravens are not Rufus’ only obstacles in this episode of “Bigfoot Boy”. In this Torres and Hicks’ adventure story, readers join forces with the main characters, Rufus, Penny, and their sidekick squirrel, Sidney, in order to work to retrieve the valuable magic totem necklace with hopes of protecting the forest from being destroyed by a crew of excavators from The New Leaf Development who are looking to industrialize the natural land.

internal art     Torres and Hicks present readers with a page-turning mission that creates heightened anticipation in the unfolding panels and pages of action. Entering the inviting combination of bold colours, lettering, and elongated panels, readers follow Rufus on his mission through the forest where the main character will again embody the transformative magic of the Sasquatch.

     As with the first two books in this graphic novel series, I would highly recommend The Sound of Thunder school and public library collections. To echo the words of the protagonist, Rufus, this third contribution to the “Bigfoot Boy” series is RRAAWESOME! Both Torres and Hicks’ written and visual narrative effectively combine to engage readers in the story’s rising action. Alongside its appeal as a graphic novel, the story is also a call to classroom teachers to engage in discussions of the natural world, forestation, and protecting the environment.

     In one of the final panels of The Sound of Thunder, Rufus asks Penny, “So what do you want to do now?” Will there be another story in the “Bigfoot Boy” series? I hope Torres and Hicks will continue to collaborate on graphic novel narratives!

Highly Recommended.

Natalie Schembri is a doctoral student at The University of British Columbia.

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