Sunday, December 20, 2020

Review - How to Catch a Yeti

How to Catch a Yeti

by Adam Wallace
illustrated by Andy Elkerton
Date: 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling team comes a new, epic winter adventure in the How to Catch series!

When our brilliant Catch Club Kids hear about the legendary Yeti, they head to the mountains to catch a glimpse and prove it really exists! Full of hilarious high jinks and clever traps, How to Catch a Yeti is a fun-filled ride you wont want to miss! Will our Catch Club Kids catch the Yeti and prove he exists? Or will the Yeti remain a mystery to the world?

Legend has it there lives a beast
we really want to meet.
Hes extra huge with snow-white fur
and giant, fuzzy feet!

I know the Yeti does exist,
and I can prove it too!
And with my friends, well find him fast
before the day is through!

(synopsis from Kobo; see it on Goodreads)

What is wrong with me? I keep reading these books, hoping they'll be better than they are.

In this installment, the rude little brats harass a yeti. They barge into his home, set traps for him, and generally just be a nuisance. Why do they feel entitled to catch all these poor creatures who are just minding their own business?

At the end of this one, the yeti sends the kids a text message telling them how much fun he's had with the chase. I have to wonder if that's in response to other reader feedback that pointed out that barging into a creature's life and trying to trap them is a pretty entitled thing to do.

Anyway, the meter falls apart (despite starting strong) and the illustrations are the same sort of thing we've seen in the other books... although, unlike in How to Catch a Dragon, we weren't treated to the weird anachronistic setting and forced diversity.

If you like this series, you'll probably like this book. If you haven't tried any of these books yet, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one... or any of the others, for that matter.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: 2/5
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.29 out of 5

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