There is something powerful about “Smallfoot” – a delightful, intelligent, colorful animated little story about the perils of intolerance, acceptance, tolerance and the blatant lies many leaders sell to the masses in order to maintain the wheels of government moving. In the book’s first few chapters we meet the charming, misunderstood, mischievous optimist who owns a small dog from an unusual source. He is full of good wishes and faith. This small-time optimist is quickly won over to the side of the angels when he realizes what a snake he has bought.
In the third chapter, “Finally Free,” finally free becomes familiar enough with the character to begin to see where the disconnect is. A woman named Jill comes to Smallfoot’s rescue, and they both become like father and daughter. Once they fully understand each other’s perspective on humanity, the unexpected happens. Jill convinces her friend, Mike, to come and help his own daughter, Rose, who has been taken in by the Nazis as a secret British spy.
What happened between these unlikely heroes is an animated story that will touch the hearts and minds of anyone who reads this book. It makes you think, and it gives you a desire to look deeper into the world. Author Randa Jarrar has created a wonderful, happy ending for the story she wrote about in her newest book, “Finally Free.” The world will be a better place for all of us when we accept people for who they really are, and when we can finally accept a little fairy-tale fairy tale about a little small boy and his formerly secret friend.
As Randa Jarrar explains in her book, “Finally Free,” her latest book about the childhood friendship of tiny feet and mountain goats, this friendly pair of animated characters grew up surrounded by their adoring fans in a peaceful English-speaking country. This book tells the story of how Randa and Mark discovered each other while growing up during the height of the Beatles’ popularity. Their long-lost childhood was brought to light through the use of computer animation. They had created their very own animated selves, complete with music, voices, and now, adventures.
In the first chapter, titled “The Littlewoods,” two teenage boys named Andrew and Tommy are seen walking along a wooded trail. They are accompanied by their best friend, a squirrel named Smallfoot. Tommy has a bagpipes and is dressed up for the occasion, while Andrew wears his football uniform. Their best friend’s father, a rich farmer, lives in a large country house overlooking the woods. In the second chapter, “Miles,” the story takes place in a small town populated by mostly adults, where everyone knows and respects both boys.
The adventures of Tommy and Andrew take them across the countryside, where Tommy encounters a giant, copper meteor, which he names Tiny. After Tiny disappears, Tommy sets out to find out why he went missing, and he meets an old woman named Clara who wants him to bring her some kind of “rock star stone.” Soon after, a giant named Wart sends Tommy on a treasure hunt where they have to go searching for mythical jewels called Stones of Altamira. Wart and his assistant, Crabby (both named after a fictional detective), are the main characters. They assist Tommy and Andy find the Stones, but when Tommy finds out that the stones are real, things get complicated.
I’m not going to reveal how the storyline ends, but in the beginning of the next chapter, a caveman named Zendaya stumbles into the cave where the Stones are kept and accidentally breaks one of them. The other half is buried under the earth. While trying to dig it up, Tommy comes across the truth about the Stones. He and Zendaya uncover the buried half of the Stone and they become locked in a battle with an evil entity.
This novel is pure fantasy, so expect bigfoot and robot-like creatures. It’s full of big ideas, great character development, and some very likable characters, especially Tommy and Andy. Jennifer Lopez does an amazing job of bringing the book to life. I would have loved to see more of Crabby, Wart, and their supporting cast of characters. But the bigfoot and robot element did take away from what made this book very unique and enjoyable.