Peg and the Yeti

Written by Kenneth Oppel, Illustrated by Barbara Reid.  HarperCollins Publishers Canada

Peg was born on the bright blue sea. But she’s had enough of sloshing around at the bottom of the world. She wants to get to the top.

She sets off to climb the world’s tallest mountain, because she’s heard the view is quite something. She has no gear but her trusty fishing rod, but Peg likes to travel light, and she is determined to reach Mount Everest single-handed. Her quest, however, will be anything but easy; she will have to overcome freezing cold, wind storms, avalanches – and worst of all, the monster who rules over Everest: the Yeti!

Peg and the Yeti


  • Jean Throop Book Award, Municiple Chapter Toronto IODE 2005
  • White Raven’s Selection (International Youth Library)
  • Honour Book, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Selection


  • Governor General’s Award for Illustration
  • Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Award)
  • Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

As a read-aloud story, the text works splendidly; as an inspiration for art projects, the pictures are a great resource; and as a delightful picture book, Peg and the Yeti is a fine addition to any children’s collection.

— The Globe and Mail, starred review

As writer/illustrator partnerships go, Oppel/Reid is a dream team.

— The Calgary Herald

Reid’s illustrations, an excellent complement to Oppel’s simple style and plot, pick up on the liveliness.

— The Toronto Star

Reid’s fanciful creations are a treat to behold.

— Books in Canada

Charming…. Reid’s illustrations are stunning in their detail…. This book is not to be missed.

— The Halifax Chronicle Herald

This artist never fails to delight with her interpretation of the world and her attention to detail.

— Canadian Children’s Book News

Book illustration, "Peg and the Yeti", client: HarperCollins Canada.  © Barbara Reid Book illustration, "Peg and the Yeti", client: HarperCollins Canada. © Barbara Reid Book illustration, "Peg and the Yeti", client: HarperCollins Canada © Barbara Reid

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