Middle School Monday | The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry

The Yeti Files #1: Meet the Bigfeet

Format: Paperback, 128 Pages
Published: Sept 30th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Humour
ISBN: 9780545556170
Age Range: 8+
Rating: 2/5

Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah…he’s also a yeti! He’s made it his life’s mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world.

So when a photo of Cousin Brian becomes a media sensation, Brian can’t handle the guilt and disappears. But it’s time for the annual Bigfoot family reunion, and it won’t be the same without him. Luckily, Blizz and his devoted team are on the case. Can they find their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?

In Kevin Sherry’s hilarious new illustrated series, you’ll meet a wide array of weird and wacky cryptids, from goblins and Goatman to skunk apes and Sasquatch–animals that you don’t believe exist. And it’s up to Blizz to keep it that way!

I liked this story, the concepts and ideas, I even liked the characters but I can’t get past how terribly this book is doing its job. This book is supposed to be for beginner readers, a book with easy vocabulary to increase their confidence in reading and make children passionate about books. However, if a reader was having difficulty, I would not, for any reason recommend this book.
The words are complicated: cryptozoologist, paparazzi.
The humour is adult based: cost analysis, pain of doing taxes
I loved the concepts, a yeti family has to stay in hiding because they are meant to be ‘legends’. Even giving examples, Big foot, lochness, unicorns, leprechauns etc. Every year the ‘cryptides’ have a reunion where they get together and party. A few years ago, during  the party, a photographer crashed and took pictures, releasing images of their cousin Brian. Brian is disappointed in himself and feels like he has let the family down, so he disappears for the safety of everyone and no one knows where he is. They want to be able to find him for the reunion this year but where do they even start.
I’m so torn, I feel like reading this with a parent it could have 3 stars, but I don’t feel as though it is necessary to explain things like doing taxes to children between the ages of 6-8. The vocabulary is also a little too difficult, so I just can’t rate it as high as the imagination and creativity deserve.

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