Yeti Spaghetti (Written by Samantha Hay and Illustrated by Mark Beech)
I picked this one up on my last trip to the library. What got me curious was the unmistakably familiar style of the cover illustration – Quentin Blake. Turns out, not only is the illustration style copied, the writing style is copied too. No points for guessing from whom – Roald Dahl. Only far less imaginative and witty.
The story begins with Peter, a young boy, making Jello and a Yeti creature attacking it. According to the story, they were a nuisance in the town of Scoffi because they kept stealing from the food loving residents who ‘diced and sliced, and grilled and chilled’ all day long. It predictably ends with the Yetis turning out to be friends afterall because, apparently, they can cook! Whoa!
There is a mayor and a cooking competition and a yodeler who chases the yetis away with his yodeling and a judge called Barry Baloney. And then there are phrases like ‘curdling custards’. The Author tries too hard to write like Roald Dahl in cooking up situations and characters. The attempt falls rather flat. The less said about the illustrator the better. The original team of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake worked largely because the writing was extremely witty and the illustration was spontaneous and pioneering.
All I can say is that this book is barry baloney. With books like Dirty Beasts, The BFG, The Witches, The Twits, and the many others, there is really no reason to turn to this one.