This is the story of a young boy called Max who escapes from a dreadful family, the Whitfields, who treat him very badly. One night, he decides to run away and heads for the forest where unbeknown to him, is the home of curious and frightening creature, whom he ultimately befriends and who shares the secret of the forest’s beauty with him.
Max lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin: the Whitfield family. Unfortunately the Whitfields are not the loving family that Max desperately wants and deserves. Cruel, bossy and lazy, they love nothing more than ordering him about and making his life a misery. One night, he decides that the time has come – he has had enough of being bossed around. He runs away and heads for the forest, believing that nothing that lives there could ever be as dangerous as the Whitfields. Little does he know that the forest is home to a frightening-looking creature – a nine-foot tall Giant Walpertinger (often called Bigfoot or Sasquatch) named Rolo! Luckily for Max, Rolo’s appearance does not match his kind and gentle nature and the two quickly become firm friends. But Max is a useful asset to the Whitfield family and they will do everything in their power to return him to his life of slavery and deprivation. In spite of their fear of the forest and the creature within it, the Whitfields devise a plan to bring Max home – but will they outwit Rolo, who understands Max’s plight and wants to protect him from them? Rolo is an imaginative tale, reminiscent of stories from authors such as Roald Dahl, that will equally appeal to children aged 5-7 and any grown-ups who might read it to them!
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