Hello, friends! Our book today is Yetis are the Worst! by Alex Willan, third in the author/illustrator’s hilarious series featuring Gilbert the Goblin and his highly debatable opinions on other cryptids.
Everyone seems to think that yetis are soooo cool and mysterious – but not Gilbert, of course. Not having learned his previous lessons about judging books by their covers (previous titles featured his declarations that unicorns, then dragons, were the worst), Gilbert addresses the reader is his forthright way, asserting that yetis no more mysterious and elusive than goblins. To prove it, he’s going to climb a mountain and take a picture of a yeti; then everyone will see how easy it is to do so. However, he finds that capturing yeti pics is a little trickier than he had assumed, especially with an avalanche to contend with! What will Gilbert do? And more importantly, will he learn (once again) that not everything is as it seems when it comes to unfamiliar folks?
Delightful! Once again, Willan explores the evergreen topic of not rushing to judge others with charming wit and a sweet subversion of expectations. Best of all, he lets the reader be in on the joke from the beginning, as they can plainly see that the shy and curious yetis are not worth Gilbert’s ire, especially after they warmly welcome him during the avalanche. The dramatic text is fun to read aloud, and Willan wonderfully peppers the art with sight gags and details that will have kids giggling over each page (JJ was hysterical over Gilbert’s repeated misidentification of various Yeti-like shapes, for instance). The length is perfect, and it was a great read to share. Overall, another awesome title from The Worst! series, and we highly recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)