DEAR YETI by James Kwan


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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On a quest to find Yeti, two hikers write him letters, asking for his help.

The story is told almost entirely in epistolary form, and the first note is quite simple and direct: “Dear Yeti, We’re searching for you. Sincerely, Hikers.” A tiny bird delivers the message to Yeti, who is hiding behind a tree. Yeti is not convinced. Note after note, the young hikers (self-proclaimed “wild, but friendly”) trek ever deeper into the forest, pleading their case. “You shouldn’t be shy…. / We would really like to meet you.” Suddenly the tone takes a turn. “Morale is still high, but food supplies are low.” Concern lines Yeti’s face. He gathers berries for the hikers, still staying hidden, of course. Then, when he feels snow flurries, he makes a cave so the hikers have shelter. Just when circumstances can’t get any worse (a grizzly is about to chomp down), Yeti finds the courage to reveal himself. This Yeti is not large, foreboding, or even white. He is an adorable, brown, fluffy potato of a fellow. If the book is a bit slight in story, Kwan’s style more than makes up for it. Flat autumnal tones are set against pale blues and expansive backdrops, while triangular noses could be plucked off at any moment. One hiker has tea-colored skin and straight, dark hair, while the other is a Nordic blond.

A picture-book debut of promise. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-374-30045-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2015


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