The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

How did I get the book?  Magic Book Box II

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

First Impression: Kawaii…

Synopsis:  A hundred years ago, in the Himalayan peaks of Nanvi Dar, the daughter of an English earl is kidnapped by a huge hairy monster. In a secret valley Agatha Farlingham is introduced to a family of motherless yetis and devotes her life to their upbringing. She teaches them to speak, tells them stories and insists on polite manners. But as the decades pass, tourists come to the mountains, a hotel is built and yeti-hunters arrive. Agatha knows that there is one place in the world where they would be protected – her ancestral home at Farley Towers. When a boy and his sister stumble upon her hidden valley, she knows she has found the courageous people who will carry out her plan The excited yetis are smuggled into the bridal suite at the hotel. A freezer lorry is waiting to put them into semi-hibernation on the long trip home. But the baby yak that has fallen in love with the youngest yeti foils the refrigeration plan and they set off on a hugely entertaining road trip half way across the world. In the Sultan of Aslerfan’s kingdom the yetis release all the animals from his zoo. In the Alps they rescue a lost child in a blizzard. In Spain, the yak creates chaos at a bullfight. But when they arrive in England, a terrible shock awaits them at Farley

200words (or less) review: The Abominables is such a wonderful book to read. It starts when Agatha Farlingham is taken in the middle of the night by Father Yeti who needs help raising his children. Despite her initial fear Agatha soon realised that Yeti’s are gentle creatures and strict vegetarians.

Deciding to stay Agatha teaches the Yeti’s how to talk, read and most importantly manners. As time passes further family members join and all is quite well until they are found by a young boy. As per Lady Agatha’s request he is to join them and the Yeti’s set of to travel to England.

I really liked how interesting and different the Yeti’s were. I absolutely adored Ambrose pet, Hubert the Yak. Hubert was pretty much my favourite thing in this story, he’s just so cute.

The Abominables was in many ways the perfect book, there were was the odd moment I didn’t like as much, inserting reality in a tale for fantastical didn’t always work for me but the writing, the Yeti’s and the feeling of hope really stuck with me long after I finished the last page.

Recommend it?


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