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May 13 2019

You ain't seen nothing yeti! by Steven Butler

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Illus. by Steven Lenton. Nothing To See Here Hotel bk. 2. Simon and Schuster, 2019. ISBN: 9781471163852.
(Age: 8-11) Recommended. Themes: Fantasy, Trolls, Hotels, Yetis, Families. Steven Butler's fantastical Nothing to See Here Hotel series returns with more eccentric characters, hilarious scenes and a magical mystery to solve. In You ain't seen nothing Yeti the hotel owners are busily preparing for 'Trogmanay' the midsummer festival. Amazing food is being cooked in the kitchens, unusual floral chandeliers hang from the ceilings, and even the walls have ears that really listen. It's exciting pandemonium! When Nancy the eight-armed Giant Brittle-back spider returns from food shopping, she brings news of a freak blizzard sweeping across Asia and Europe; even the Eiffel Tower is frozen solid.
Swept in by the snowstorm the Kwinzis arrive. The family of yetis have ridden across continents on their ulk ready to spend time with Frankie's family and renew their friendships. What does this mean for the rest of the guests expecting sunny summer activities? Frankie the owner's son steps up to sort out the problems, caused by an influx of unexpected visitors and to try and solve the mystery of a missing relative. Evil comes in some strange forms when Maudlin Maloney the leprechaun and her lepre-caravan land in a cloud of feathers. The tension builds dramatically, as the snow radically changes the landscape. Then as night falls, the walls whisper secrets of the stranger in the storm and the hotel's imminent destruction.
Steven Lenton's illustrations cast an eeriness over the scenes, add heightened tension and bring a liveliness to Butler's unique characters. With such a fast-paced plot, so many twists and turns, secrets uncovered and humourous scenes, You ain't seen nothing yeti delivers another fabulous magical read just right for ages eight plus.
Rhyllis Bignell

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