Peet is a big footed creature who is always on the run. He’s constantly hiding because he’s scared of what the other animals may think of him and his big feet. He can barely sleep at night because his struggle with insecurities never rests.
One night he was so tired from running that he managed to fall asleep. The next morning Peet wakes up and spots an unusual sight. He sees Squirrel and other animals heading west together. Peet decides to hide and wait for the animals to head over the hill where they could not see him.
Though when Peet feels secure with the animals gone, he spots a forest fire heading his way from the horizon. With no hesitation, Peet quickly runs towards the water to save himself. But when he has a moment to reflect, he realizes that he’s done something awful. He’s left all the animals behind who know nothing about the forest fire heading their way. Peet had to make a choice: Stay put and be safe? Or, head back and save the others?
Peet takes a deep breath and makes the right call. With the power of his large feet, he makes it back to the group of animals before the fire is able to. He tells the animals that a forest fire is heading their way and there no time to waste. The animals panic, but Squirrel comes up with a great idea. He suggests that Peet use his big feet to smash a large rock blocking their only exit. Peet steps up and gives the rock a great kick and breaks it with one swift hit.
Peet heroically leads the group of animals straight to safety over the water. Seeing rain clouds heading directly over the forest fire makes the group feel a sense of relief.
Squirrel reassures Peet that he shouldn’t be ashamed of his feet and it’s ok to be different. All the animals in the forest are unique too. Peet never has to hide again because from now on they are all friends.
Leo Aquino grew up in the Bay Area. As a boy, he loved drawing his favorite cartoons, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragon Ball Z. He hoped that someday he could grow up and draw for a living. Now, he is lucky to have been working as a professional artist for eleven years. From Disney Interactive to Jam City, Leo has had the opportunity to illustrate iconic characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Belle & the Beast, and the whole cast of Monsters Inc. to name a few.
Most recently, Leo was inspired by his many nieces and nephews to write and illustrate his first children’s book, “Peet, the Creature with Big Feet.” Leo hopes that his art and stories can inspire the next generation to shake off their fears and follow their dreams.
When Leo is not illustrating, he loves longboarding and making pizza in the Napolitano style. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend and their cat, Charlie.
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James Robert says
Having no worries in life when I was a kid. Everything was much easier.
Becky Richardson says
I miss school now that I’m grown up.
Kate Sarsfield says
I miss the long school holidays and being carefree, not having to worry about money etc.
Cathy French says
I miss playing outside until the street light came on. We played so many games that kids today haven’t even ever heard of.
Sara Zielinski says
Playing outside with friends.
I miss no obligations and less pressure on society standards
Renee Collins says
I miss just running and playing….the utter freedom, and how simple life was….
Angelica Dimeo says
I miss not having to pay bills lol
I miss the simpler life with no worries.
shelly peterson says
I miss not having so many responsibilities.
Mary Preston says
Having the grownups make all the decisions and have all the worry.
Marisela Zuniga says
playing outside and just having fun with friends
Ron Pratt says
Seemingly endless energy and my bicycle
Penny Olson says
Having lots of energy and no mortgage.
Jan Lee says
I miss all my friends and playing with them. 🙂
Karley Moore says
I miss waking up early on Saturday morning to watch cartoons.
Julie Waldron says
I miss the playing with the neighborhood kids.
Renee Rousseau says
I miss playing jump rope everyday with my friends, but most of all I miss my parents. It sucks being an orphan at any age!
Elizabeth Robinson says
I miss not having any responsibilities.
Susan Smith says
I miss spending my days going to school and playing.
Christina Gould says
The one thing I miss about being a kid is going on family vacations. Thanks for the giveaway!
I would love to do high school over again the right way.
Beth T. says
I miss riding my bike to the beach with my friends…and seeing my friends every day.
I miss having extra time for more reading. 🙂 Or baking.
I miss not having to worry about how to pay the bills.
I miss riding my bike to the beach every day during the summer!