Thursday, 3 October 2013
CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: Spaghetti with the Yeti (Adam & Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Lee Wildish)
Like the Underpants books, it rattles along with fast-paced rhyme and is illustrated with bright and detailed scenes.
The central character – a boy called George – decides to go and discover the Yeti, taking with him a backpack, hat, map and tin of spaghetti.
Setting off up a steep mountain path, he bumps into three monsters – none of whom turn out to be the yeti, but instead three creatures named, in turn, Betty, Hetty and Netty. Each one has contrasting advice on what the yeti will like to eat. When he does eventually discover the yeti, George is delighted to find that he in fact only eats spaghetti.
My nearly five-year-old Max liked the story and found the characters funny, though for his age it was perhaps a bit thin on plot – he probably needs slightly more drama and suspense to keep him really interested now.
This is essentially a very light and gentle read – a bit of harmless fun.