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The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primates

400p. illus. index. photos. Visible Ink. 2015. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781578595617.
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Gr 6–9—This thorough encyclopedia of the Bigfoot legend offers hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on all things Bigfoot, including specific legends from different locations, sightings stories, movies, theories, and related phenomena. Black-and-white images of storytellers and sites are featured throughout, and the book has a clean layout with sidebars. However, while the entries are well ordered and clear, there is no set structure in terms of naming or topic division. Entries on films, for instance, are named for the given movie, while other sections are named for the location where a sighting was reported. Other entries are items of interest (such as "Dogs and Bigfoot"), but there is no way to categorize these subjects and separate them out. In addition, the point of view of the encyclopedia lacks consistency: some entries are written in an academic style (though with no citations), while others read like personal stories (some even suggesting that Bigfoot is not only real, but also a danger to the general public).
VERDICT While not recommended for reports or serious research, this title could be a good springboard for further reading if taken with a grain of salt.

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