The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

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Robinson gives them the look of hairy, oversized Palmer Cox Brownies in the frequent illustrations. A satiric farewell from a favorite author.
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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 A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way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.
 

About Eva Ibbotson

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Eva Ibbotson based Delderton on a boarding school she attended as a child. Today she lives in northern England.Kevin Hawkes lives in Gorham, Maine.
 
Published October 8, 2013 by Amulet Books. 282 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 17 2013

Robinson gives them the look of hairy, oversized Palmer Cox Brownies in the frequent illustrations. A satiric farewell from a favorite author.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 19 2013

There’s comfort to be found in familiar archetypes, including misunderstood supernatural creatures and the big-hearted children who strive to help them, and the message regarding the cyclical nature of life. A memorable finale to a treasured body of work.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Thomas Skeet, aged 8 on Oct 24 2012

I really like this book because it's all snuggly and nice to curl up in bed with. You can love this book without even trying...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Mal Peet on Jul 06 2012

Its existence was previously unknown to Toby Ibbotson, her son and sometime collaborator, and to Marion Lloyd, her publisher. Together, they have edited it, giving us not only posthumous but vintage Ibbotson.

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