Renowned literary great Eva Ibbotson delivers a final novel in her classic, much-loved style. A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured truck driver. Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate in England—only to come upon a club of voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen.
Briskly funny and full of incident, The Abominables is vintage Ibbotson. With unforgettable characters and thoughtful messages about the environment and advocacy, it’s a generous last gift to her many devoted fans.
Praise for The Abominables
“A satiric farewell from a favorite author.”
–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A memorable finale to a treasured body of work.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The novel is full of whimsy, charm, and sly humor. The yetis will tug at readers’ heartstrings and make them laugh. The writing is lean, witty, and subtle. Ibbotson manages to touch on ethical messages of human rights, advocacy, and environmentalism without being obvious.”
–School Library Journal(less)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really don’t think there is any way to read this book and not fall completely in love with it. From the very first page my children and I were already laughing and loving the girl who becomes a surrogate yeti mum.
This story is so creative. The reasoning the author gives behind why we can’t ever track down a yeti is hilarious. For the children, the favourite character here was Hubert the Yak. I can’t say as I blame them any, but personally, I loved Ambrose. These are the type of characters that warm your heart and excite the minds of little ones. The world that Eva Ibbotson has described is our own planet, but somehow she makes it all seem very magical.
I loved the way this story included glimpses of history, various places across Europe and taught children values at the same time. Honestly, I finished the book before the kids and I read it together, just so I could see what happened next.
If you have been looking for a perfect chapter book for a relatively new reader, this would be a wonderful choice. The illustrations are great, but the story stole my heart.
This review is based off of a digital ARC. My opinions are my own.