Kiran Chug and Musings on motherhood
One of Milin’s favourite words at the moment is “monster”. He’s got two pairs of pyjamas and a winter jumper which all have monsters on them, and since it’s a word he can say quite clearly, he likes using it often. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Spaghetti with the Yeti is a hit.
We were sent this picture book to review, and since it has its fair share of monsters in it, Milin is impressed. It’s a large format book with bright, detailed illustrations which draw you in immediately. It follows the story of George, a little boy who goes off in search of a yeti. He carries with him a tin of spaghetti (so he can give it to the yeti when they meet), and he meets a few monsters on the way.
George’s adventure is told through a fast-paced rhyme that’s easy to read out loud and even easier to get carried away with. It’s a lovely, simple story, with a small cast of eccentric characters who the brave little explorer meets on his journey. The illustrations are superb. They’re original, eye-catching, and completely in fitting with the slightly off-beat story. It’s the stuff little kids love.
Milin loves the book. He’s at the stage where he’s starting to follow stories in books, instead of just looking at the pictures and pointing out recognisable objects. This is a short story, so easy enough for him to follow, and not too long to get bored of. He loves the drawings and keeps finding new things in the details. He thinks George is pretty cool too.
The book is the first in a new series from Adam and Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish. Next in the series will be Marshmallows for Martians – which will be published next year. I look forward to seeing it – and given that Milin will be a little older, it will be good to see how much more he gets out of the story. For now though, we’ll keep reading and enjoying this title.
* We were sent a copy of Spaghetti with the Yeti, published by Egmont, to review.