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The Abominables [Paperback]

Eva Ibbotson , Sharon Rentta
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2 May 2013
A hundred years ago, in the Himalayan peaks of Nanvi Dar, the daughter of an English earl is kidnapped by a huge hairy monster. In a secret valley Agatha Farley is introduced to a family of motherless yetis and devotes her life to their upbringing. She teaches them to speak, tells them stories and insists on polite manners. But as the decades pass, tourists come to the mountains, a hotel is built and yeti-hunters arrive. Agatha knows that there is one place in the world where they would be protected - her ancestral home at Farley Towers. When a boy and his sister stumble upon her hidden valley, she knows she has found the courageous people who will carry out her plan. The excited yetis are smuggled into the bridal suite at the hotel. A freezer lorry is waiting to put them into semi-hibernation on the long trip home. But the baby yak that has fallen in love with the youngest yeti foils the refrigeration plan and they set off on a hugely entertaining road trip half way across the world. In the Sultan of Aslerfan's kingdom the yetis release all the animals from his zoo. In the Alps they rescue a lost child in a blizzard. In Spain, the yak creates chaos at a bullfight. But when they arrive in England, a terrible shock awaits them at Farley ...

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (2 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1407133020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407133027
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The joyful absurdity of the notion, combined with Ibbotson's wit, warmth, superb characterisation and love of the natural world should make this a classic --The Daily Mail

Luminous, hectic and generous…lovely sharp writing --The Guardian

Charmingly illustrated...this book will have you smiling before the first chapter's end --Newcastle Journal

warm-hearted, funny and full of magical imagination. But as well as humour, there is also a powerful message here about the importance of nature and the environment, protecting endangered species, and opposing cruelty and injustice…a classic in the making. --Booktrust

Charmingly illustrated...this book will have you smiling before the first chapter's end --Newcastle Journal

The Abominables is the sweetest, funniest and most moral of stories…This funny book will make children laugh aloud and read it over and over again for its kindness and humour. For older readers, it presents an unavoidable parallel with the inhuman treatment shown to the Yetis and the cruelty shown to so many vulnerable and persecuted people today. This extra layer of meaning will ensure that as readers grow older, they will return again and again to The Abominables and take from it more and more. --Armadillo Magazine

It s both hilarious and heartbreaking, and anything but straightforward. But this being an old-fashioned kind of story, there has to be something worthwhile at the end...Extremely loveable yeti portraits by Sharon Rentta --Bookwitch

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson has long been a favorite of both children and adult readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her novels include "The Secret of Platform 13," "Which Witch?," "The Great Ghost Rescue," "Island of the Aunt," "Dial-a-Ghost," and "Journey to the River Sea," which won the Smarties Prize. She died in 2010, in her home in Newcastle, England.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Discovering this manuscript by the late Eva Ibbotson was a gem of a find. Certainly the contents are matched by her known story-telling. Lady Agatha Farrrington is on a rare plant finding exercise with her father below the Nanvi Dar mountain in Tibet. She is abducted by a Yeti. Strong but gentle, he takes her to a Utopian environment that she immediately feels is her destiny, and mothers and educates the willing young and old Yetis in the ways of the Western World yet bowing to their knowledge and longevity. Their origins are not outlined but are obviously inordinately long. The book takes the Yetis on tortuous journeys to England, for their protection, via adventurous routes, with sympathisers abundant, especially two children and a lorry driver. Back in Farley Towers (Lady Agatha's home) they encounter a trophy hunting pompous brigade. Protected by friends, allies (and the odd touch of royalty), the outcome is within the 'Goodies v Baddies' understanding of children.

This is a wonderful story. There is atmosphere, hints of tension but a feeling that the predicament of all parties may well end up satisfactorily, as any childrens' story should. There are many elements here that make this a fabulous novel. These are my adult views. My 8 and a half year old grandaughter,(the half is important she tells me) thought it was 'cool' and exciting without any too scary moments but enough to make her read it right through.'Smashing and kind' was her conclusion and I concur wholeheartedly. Finally, appropriately and well-illustrated by Sharon Renitta.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another reliably superb Ibbotson classic 19 July 2012
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Bought this after reading One Dog and His Boy, by the same author, to my 8 year old son who loved it. One Dog and His Boy This is another absolutely superb and very original story, which we are taking in turns to read to one another at bedtime.

A yeti kidnaps a young English lady, to bring up his children. She is surprised to discover that Abominable Snowmen are anything but, so she raises them, teaching them English, manners and decorum, and then, as she ages, tries to plan for their safe future in the ever changing outside world. The yetis embark upon an epic adventure into the unknown, helped by two children.

A really lovely book, which has kept my son and me captivated for 2 weeks (at a chapter a night). It is appropriate for any child aged 7 or so plus, to read themselves, or to be read to. Wonderful!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of one last book by Eva Ibbotson 20 July 2012
By Julia
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like many other readers, my 9 year old son and I were DELIGHTED to learn that one last manuscript had been found in the late Eva Ibbotson's papers. As always, this book is a sheer delight. She manages (managed) to be exciting, funny, and moving, and all with an abundance of good heart. Her books have a strong moral message but are never 'preachy'. My son (who bought it instantly with his own money) devoured it straightaway, and passed it on to me for an equally enthusiastic read. Anyone out there who hasn't tried her, do! She is an amazing writer and we are more than sad that this really will be the last book by her. (Incidentally, her older children's books, e.g. "Star of Kazan", are also brilliant, and so are our adult novels.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yeti 11 May 2013
By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a super book ideal for children around the ages of 7-8. It's made all the more precious by being something of a posthumous parting gift from the manuscripts of the late author. The story is a warm one of displacement and culture shock, and there's riotous fun along the way. Recommended.
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The Abominables is such a wonderful book to read. It starts when Agatha Farlingham is taken in the middle of the night by Father Yeti who needs help raising his children. Despite her initial fear Agatha soon realised that Yeti's are gentle creatures and strict vegetarians.

Deciding to stay Agatha teaches the Yeti's how to talk, read and most importantly manners. As time passes further family members join and all is quite well until they are found by a young boy. As per Lady Agatha's request he is to join them and the Yeti's set of to travel to England.

I really liked how interesting and different the Yeti's were. I absolutely adored Ambrose pet, Hubert the Yak. Hubert was pretty much my favourite thing in this story, he's just so cute.

The Abominables was in many ways the perfect book, there were was the odd moment I didn't like as much, inserting reality in a tale for fantastical didn't always work for me but the writing, the Yeti's and the feeling of hope really stuck with me long after I finished the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great Ibbotson 4 July 2014
A brilliant Eva Ibbotson book. If you like her children's books you will love this too. A happy ending guaranteed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 6 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this as my two children aged 10 (girl) and 8 (boy) were growing out of bedtime stories (Harry Potter, not picture books). I read it out loud to them, and they were absolutely gripped. There were many cries of "just another chapter" and I wholeheartedly enjoyed reading it. Like many great books, it's a bit of a rollercoaster emotionally - sad, tense, funny - but the reader is left with a warm feeling at the end. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bting on the yetis 3 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Full of opportunities to learn about places & people. Kind & exciting with humour & a senso of change in the world
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