Are We There, Yeti?

Are We There, Yeti? illus. by Ashlyn Anstee. 40p. S. & S. Jul. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430890; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781481430906.
PreS-Gr 2—Sans any claws and with rounded teeth, this yeti—more marshmallow than monster—makes the perfect bus driver for a class field trip. The gouache and Photoshop illustrations show a pleasant enough journey past the park, the beach, and through the countryside, with the final stop on a snowy mountaintop to visit with a group of yeti children for an interspecies cultural exchange. It is Yeti's encouragement and enthusiasm that helps all the young ones overcome their initial shyness for some fun in the snow until it's time to go. Large comic speech bubbles present the vocal, oft-repeated road trip tropes, from the title pun, to "I'm hungry/thirsty/bored," and finally "Are we home, Yeti?" Travelers, or anyone stuck in the car for extended amount of time, will easily relate.
VERDICT A handy title for those looking to feature gentler monsters in their storytimes.

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