FICTION

Not Yet a Yeti

Maverick Arts. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781848864146.
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PreS-Gr 2–George goes to each of his yeti family members to ask, “When will I be a yeti?” George doesn’t want to lure hikers to their doom or make them scream in terror, nor is he interested in making people gasp with dread at seeing his footprint. And so he is repeatedly told that he’s “not yet a yeti.” Then his mom rocks his world by asking, “Do you want to be a yeti?” followed by, “What do you want to be?” George, as it turns out, wants to be a unicorn who helps people instead of scaring them. And he becomes one—“a sparkly horn appeared on his forehead, his arm and legs grew hooves, and a mane and tail swooshed into the bits where manes and tails go.” His family is surprised, then surprisingly supportive. They still terrorizes hikers, but now it’s George’s job to rescue them. He will never be a yeti, but being himself is even better. Neal’s illustrations are detailed, highly expressive, and often humorous. Physically, George is depicted as being much smaller and more clothed than the rest of his yeti family, then as a small, very happy unicorn.
VERDICT A tale of family support for the unicorn of the family can be read with several levels of meaning. Purchase as needed.

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