Good things come to those who wait.
A colorful, multiracial class greets Yeti, the bus driver: “Where are we going, Yeti?” “It’s a surprise!” he announces. And so everyone piles into a school bus for a ride down what appears to be a never-ending road. They traverse a variety of bright landscapes: a packed city playground; a sandy stretch where children and animals play and grown-ups lie belly-up under beach umbrellas; a mountainside adorned with skiing ducks and a sleeping unicorn. Different countrysides emerge with every spread. At a point when the class declares hunger, thirst, boredom, and a need for bathroom stops, Yeti finally announces that they have indeed arrived. But they can’t be in the right place. Their puzzling destination is still, cold, and white—the obverse of the bustling landscapes they’ve crossed. “This is it?” asks an apprehensive boy—and then a group of young yetis emerge from their cave. The class, now wearing mittens and each paired up with a yeti buddy, frolics in the snow. One set forms snow angels; another builds a snow-yeti, while another group initiates a snowball fight. Employing a combination of expressive illustrations and simple dialogue in bubbles, Anstee delivers a simple, satisfying, if low-key debut.
A nifty take on the perennial question “Are we there, yet(i)?” and a prerequisite read-aloud before a first class field trip. (Picture book. 4-8)