Published by Abrams on October 8th 2013
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Renowned literary great Eva Ibbotson delivers a final novel in her classic, much-loved style. A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured truck driver. Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate in England—only to come upon a club of voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen.
Briskly funny and full of incident, The Abominables is vintage Ibbotson. With unforgettable characters and thoughtful messages about the environment and advocacy, it’s a generous last gift to her many devoted fans.
Short & Sweet: Agatha has taken care of the yetis since she was taken away from her family, but when a new hotel has visitors sighting the yetis. With the help of a young pair of siblings, Con and Ellen, the yetis must travel to a safer place. The Abominables is full of adventure as the group travels through the Alps and all the way to England and even to Anarctica. The yetis are in danger throughout their travels and sometimes they do not help matters. I found myself loving the yetis with their different personalities and innocent nature. My only complaint is it took a while to get through for me (and it being such a short book…), I found it a bit slow but perhaps that was because of Ibbotson's writing style.
Final Verdict: The Abominables is a fun adventure story with lots of quirk, hilarity and high adventure. I definitely recommend it for lovers of fantasy.