Russell Atyo’s Henry and the Yeti is delightful

Henry and the Yeti Russell AytoHENRY AND THE YETI, by Russell Ayto, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Aug. 14, 2018, Hardcover, $16.99 (ages 3-6)

Henry loves yetis. The problem is nobody knows if yetis actually exist. Henry, however, is sure they do, and he sets off on an expedition to find one. He has packed everything he needs, including a camera to take photos for evidence. But can he find a yeti? And will anyone believe him when he returns home? —synopsis provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

The story of Henry and the Yeti reminds me a bit of Uni the Unicorn. In both books, the main character is absolutely sure that something exists, even if their parents and friends aren’t convinced. In the case of Henry the Yeti, finding proof proves much more difficult. Just when he’s about to give up, Henry is surprised by something much bigger than he ever expected.

I love Henry and the Yeti. Russell Ayto’s writing reminds me of Ed Vere’s Max at Midnight. It’s simple and straight to the point in just the way a young child understands. Ayto’s stylized illustrations are a joy. They, too, are simple, but lovely. Though you never see Henry’s mouth, there’s so much expression.

Henry and the Yeti has quickly made its way into our bedtime rotation.


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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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