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After a brief hiatus from the presses, the venerable series is back and moving into the 21st century. Founder R.A. Montgomery started the Choose Your Own Adventure series with 'The Abominable Snowman.' Each book is written in the second-person and you play the role of the main character. Readers are given choices and decide on a course by turning to different pages. Each book has many possible endings and side stories, some with over 100 variations. Furthermore, you can continue reading until you attain a favorable ending if you, as this author did in his first read, die in your first attempt. --Blast Magazine, January 1, 2007

About the Author

R.A. MONTGOMERY attended Hopkins Grammar School, Williston-Northampton School and Williams College where he graduated in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Religion and Economics at Yale and NYU. Montgomery was an adventurer all his life, climbing mountains in the Himalaya, skiing throughout Europe and scuba-diving wherever he could. His interested included education, macro-economics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels and music. He wrote his first interactive book, Journey Under the Sea, in 1976 and published it under the series name The Adventures of You. A few years later Bantam Books bought this book and gave Montgomery a contract for five more, to inaugurate their new children s publishing division. Bantam renamed the series Choose Your Own Adventure and a publishing phenomenon was born. The series has sold more than 260 million copies in over 40 languages. He was married to the writer Shannon Gilligan. Montgomery died in November 2014, only two months after his last book was published.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chooseco (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390017
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was not in fact the first CYOA. The first was 'The Cave of Time' by Edward Packard.
So why is 'The Abominable Snowman' being shown as the first in the series? Well... R?A. Montgomery (the author of this book) co-founded CYOA with Edward Packard. They were the Lennon and McCartney of CYOA, if you will (there's a good Wikipedia article about its history). Sadly, somewhere along the line the two went their separate ways and Montgomery, when reviving CYOA, seems to have written Packard out of the series' history. It's like McCartney deleting all Lennon's songs from the Beatles back catalogue!
If you are interested in acquiring the REAL first CYOA title, the classic 'Cave of Time', as well as other works by the author many regard as CYOA's best, don't bother with these CYOA re-releases. Instead you will have to go to Packard's 'u-ventures' website, where they have been repackaged, revised and expanded by Packard himself, and turned into really neat iPhone apps. Check them out. I definitely recommend them over the Montgomery titles - including this one.
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Downloaded the Kindle version as a fun bedtime story for my child. The first couple pages had typos "...climbing in South American", "but what is is?" Further, the instructions say, "If you don't like your choice, press PREVIOUS PAGE to go back and decide again." When we selected PREV PAGE, it went to a different thread of the book instead of the choice page, as it should have done. Improvements would be great as these were really fun stories to read when I was a child, but the problems with the Kindle version put a damper on my enthusiasm.
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Back in the middle ages when I went to school the Choose Your Own Adventures came out. It was a perfect time for me and our school library couldn't keep the books on the shelves. This is the first book in the series and it is a joy on the Kindle. The navigation was easy, the pictures were all there, and the feeling of reading the book remained. I'm not sure I'll be buying the other books on the Kindle though. This was a kind of kitsch purchase for me. A fun walk down memory lane, but like other children books, not something I need to re-read or spend a lot of money on.

If you're like me and read these books as a kid and have a Kindle as an adult it's worth the couple of bucks to snag one. If you can trust your kids with a Kindle then they will probably enjoy this as well. And lastly, if you want a history of interactivity, then you would want to buy one of these as well.
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Growing up as a reader in the 80’s, I naturally found and read some of the Choose Your Own Adventure Books. In fact, I’ve still got a few in my garage somewhere. I was thrilled recently to learn that they have been updated and are back in print for a new generation. I’ve read one of these updated books, The Abominable Snowman, and these books are just as fun as they were before.

If you’ve never read a Choose Your Own Adventure book, there are some things you have to know before you begin. First of all, you are the star of the story and the main character. Also, you can’t read this book straight front to back since the story jumps around the book. Every page or two, you will be presented with two choices. Decide which one you want to pursue, and then flip to that page to find out what happens next to you. Just keep going until you reach “The End.” Don’t like that ending? Back up and try again.

In this book, you are a mountain climber, one of the best in the world. You and your best friend Carlos have decided to go to the Himalayas and find proof of the existence of the Abominable Snowman, also known as the Yeti. Carlos arrives a few days before you, and by the time you arrive, he can’t be reached on the radio. What do you do? Choose carefully because your choices could make your career with proof of the Yeti, lead to an encounter with poachers, get you kidnapped by aliens, or give you a new blissful home in Shangri-La.

There are a total of 28 different outcomes based on the choices you make, so I’ve just given you a small sample. As you can see, this book clearly crosses into the fantasy realm, but that is much of the fun. You never quite know what will happen based on the choices you make or where you will end up.
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I think I settled for reading this Choose Your Own Adventure book because it promised to be at least vaguely science fiction-related, being that it was about a mysterious creature and I expected to get to see it in my travels. This was another book where the endings were just sort of weird, and there were some strange stereotypes (you know, because if you're in Tibet, of course you're going to end up dealing with monks!). I don't mean that the endings were weird in a good way; they were just sort of disconnected or random. But at least there were a lot of DIFFERENT outcomes, and some of them didn't actually involve the abominable snowman himself so it actually sort of conveyed the feeling that he WAS a bit elusive.
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I used to love Choose Your Own Adventure stories when I was younger, I love that my own kids can now enjoy them. This story allows the reader to choose what happens in the story - death, adventure, you choose. There are 28 total endings, which means basically 28 total stories! I have been reading this with my 8 year old and he loves that he can choose the ending that he wants depending on his mood!

What I really like about the book is there are a few blank pages at the end titled "Adventurer's Log" and a 10 question quiz - which for parent's is great to see how your children's comprehension of the story went. There are even pictures throughout the book.

In the book:
Secret lands visited 3
Catlike aliens 4
Dancing Yeti 5
Mountain peaks 6

I received this book to review in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.
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