HENRY AND THE YETI by Russell Ayto

HENRY AND THE YETI

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young boy makes a large mythological friend in the first story written by illustrator Ayto.

Henry, a tiny boy with giant red glasses, wants to find a yeti. His astronomer father, peering distractedly through telescopes and binoculars, doesn’t think they exist, but Henry can go looking if he doesn’t stay up too late. Henry’s principal tries to convince him that yetis don’t exist, announcing the plan to the whole school in an attempt to deter him through mockery, but Henry perseveres. He easily makes his way, “across an ocean, up a hill, over a river, and through a dense forest (all without staying up late).” When Henry finds a yeti, he takes plenty of selfies with his new friend, only to accidentally leave the camera behind. But the gigantic, snow-white, big-eyed creature follows him home, saving Henry from torment from skeptical classmates and teachers. Dryly witty text and clipped timing will make for a fun read-aloud, but the true hilarity of the book lies in the drawings of Henry, with his enveloping black turtleneck pulled up to his nose, his quirky, nervous, pigeon-toed stance, his big nose, and skinny, jubilant arms. The yeti is equally endearing, quirky, and cuddly, and the two are a perfectly matched set. Henry, his father, and the principal all present white, but his classmates are diverse.

Simple yet delightful, this picture book is sure to find a place in young hearts. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68119-683-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2018




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