Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review: The Fearsome Beastie

The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
Illustrated by: Gabriele Autonini
ISBN 978-1-84886-66-7
Ages: 3-5
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

Synopsis:  This is a cute and scary book about a fearsome beastie who has sharp claws and dripping jaws. The girls and boys are all scared of him. The kids hide underneath stairs and curtains to make sure that the beastie doesn't spot them because otherwise he will gobble them up. One day, upon spotting the children outside, the beastie pretends to be harmless and lets on that he only wants to play with the kids. When they agree to come near him he gobbles most of them up, except Pete. When Pete finally escapes the beastie, he runs to his old gran who comes after the beastie. Can she save the children that the beastie gobbled up? 

Overall Thoughts:  This is a great fantasy-type story for kids with a happy ending. Perhaps the lesson that the author wants to leave with the readers is to follow their intuition and not allow others to trick them into believing something that isn't the case. The girls and boys knew that the beastie was dangerous. If they had only followed their intuition, they would have averted real danger. This book should be read with parent supervision as there are scary sections.

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