Henry has round, red spectacles and a turtleneck, and his hair stands straight up. He also adores yetis (“Yes, yetis”) and is certain that they exist, despite his schoolmates’ scornful laughter. So he packs carefully and sets off on an expedition to find one (“Remember, no staying up late,” his father tells him, otherwise unconcerned by his son heading out alone). There’s no yeti to be found in the mountains, and Henry considers going back. Then Henry happens upon two white legs as thick as tree trunks. Ayto (The Somethingosaur) narrates with characteristic British understatement—“Oh!” is all Henry says about his success. Back at home, the camera Henry carefully packed to gather evidence is lost and the principal scoffs, but Henry is vindicated in a most satisfying way. Ayto delivers pure whimsy, and his engaging narrative voice will divert young listeners. Cartoon line drawings add sly charm to this tale of a boy who makes a very large new friend and wins the respect of his doubters. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
Dryly witty text and clipped timing will make for a fun read-aloud, but the true hilarity of the book lies in the drawings of Henry . . . Simple yet delightful, this picture book is sure to find a place in young hearts.” Kirkus Reviews
“Ayto delivers pure whimsy, and his engaging narrative voice will divert young listeners. Cartoon line drawings add sly charm to this tale of a boy who makes a very large new friend.” Publishers Weekly
“[The] quirky drawings and totemic characters are . . . wonderful” Publishers Weekly on WHOOPS!
“Colors pop in the stylized mixedmedia illustrations, which effectively incorporate the story's text.” Booklist on WHOOPS!
“Be prepared for an active and boisterous read-aloud with animal noises, movement, and a funny twist at the end.” School Library Journal on WHOOPS!
“A great comic take on the Ugly Duckling tale, with double-page spreads in ink, watercolor, and pencil showing comical farm creatures and humans, who are every bit as ridiculous as the animals. The fun is in the details.” Booklist on THE COW THAT LAID AN EGG
“Ayto's childlike yet masterful mixed-media paintings of spiky-haired Flinn, the rotund pirate, and a fanciful cast of dinosaurs will keep audiences glued to the page.” School Library Journal on CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS: MISSING TREASURE!
A young boy makes a large mythological friend in the first story written by illustrator Ayto.Henry, a tiny boy with giant red glasses, wants to find a yeti. His astronomer father, peering distractedly through telescopes and binoculars, doesn't think they exist, but Henry can go looking if he doesn't stay up too late. Henry's principal tries to convince him that yetis don't exist, announcing the plan to the whole school in an attempt to deter him through mockery, but Henry perseveres. He easily makes his way, "across an ocean, up a hill, over a river, and through a dense forest (all without staying up late)." When Henry finds a yeti, he takes plenty of selfies with his new friend, only to accidentally leave the camera behind. But the gigantic, snow-white, big-eyed creature follows him home, saving Henry from torment from skeptical classmates and teachers. Dryly witty text and clipped timing will make for a fun read-aloud, but the true hilarity of the book lies in the drawings of Henry, with his enveloping black turtleneck pulled up to his nose, his quirky, nervous, pigeon-toed stance, his big nose, and skinny, jubilant arms. The yeti is equally endearing, quirky, and cuddly, and the two are a perfectly matched set. Henry, his father, and the principal all present white, but his classmates are diverse.Simple yet delightful, this picture book is sure to find a place in young hearts. (Picture book. 3-7)