The International Yeti Collective
Paul Mason, with illustrations by Katy Riddell
Tick has been warned to stay away from humans (they who have no smell). It’s hard when there’s a little ‘fly’ pestering in his head, urging him to watch. Why would they humans travel so far north? Tick’s yeti sett is wary. Any yeti thought to put the sett in danger through human contact is expelled. Tick wouldn’t be so silly as to put the sett at risk, would he? He’s learned his lesson through his mother’s absence from his life.
Meanwhile Ella is adventuring in the Himalayas with her television explorer uncle. Its ‘Jack Stern: Yeti Quest’. Ella is fascinated by the sights and sounds and movement in the mountains. She sets up her camera gently and wonders what she might discover. Surely it’s impossible that a young New Zealand girl could set a whole chain of reactions in motion through one photograph, an encounter, a sighting?
Paul Mason brings an authenticity to a human chase of the magical. Ella and her uncle’s motivations are different although they are on the same search. However Tick and his little ‘fly’ have a different quest. Can Tick reverse the outcome of his compulsion and thus unite the disparate, ‘The International Yeti Collective’?