Posted by: Erica Gillingham | January 12, 2012

A Yeti of a Friend


Ella Burfoot, London: MacMillan Children’s Books, ISBN 978-0-330-51117-9, £5.99, 2101, 36pp.

You see those silver bits in the night sky of the photograph? That’s glitter! GLITTER! I won’t say that I bought this book solely based on it’s cover, but come on, it definitely made me pick it up!

Ahem, where was I?

Ah yes, well, Betty and the Yeti (2010) by Ella Burfoot. I figured since most of the snow that I’ve seen all winter was on BBC’s Frozen Planet that I’d bring our picture books reviews to the Artic as well…

The protagonist, Betty, lives in an igloo and goes on adventures with her little red sled. As she travels across the snow, she collects the things she finds as she goes. When she finds strange pieces of furry, white, and dirty clothing throughout the landscape she asks her friends – Polar Bear, Whale, and Artic Hare – if they belong to them. Unfortunately, the clothes are a mystery… until Betty meets a Yeti!

(You didn’t see that one coming, did you?)

This delightful story is a playful narrative of friendship and acceptance, blurring the boundaries of reality just enough to engage a child’s imagination and funny enough to pull off a Yeti in his underwear. Plus, if you’re looking for a strong female protagonist who positively effects the world around her then you, too, will have a friend in Betty.

And if your child loves glitter, regardless of narrative or character, they’ll love this, too!


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