My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm, and today it is my turn on the #UltimateBlog Tour for the Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, illustrated by Isabelle Follath.
Its been quite a while, I must say, since I last read a children’s book of this sort, but it making me long for a Roald Dahl marathon or making my way through Lemony Snickets.
And before I dive into the review I want to say a huge thank you to Dave @TheWriteReads and the author and publication team for the physical copy. This will be well cherished.
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The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
(Illustrated by Isabelle Follath)
Goodreads | Waterstones
Date published: 10th October 2020
Format: paperback (gifted)
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction, Fantasy,
Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old, who keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion.
He feeds the beast all manner of things and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer.
But the beast grows ever greedier. And it’s bored of a diet of parrots and performing monkeys.
It’s time for a new meal …
Has the beast met its match in the Bethany?
This book is the most non-sensical thing I have ever read. And I think that is the best compliement I could give it. It is non-sensical in the best way, in the same way as Roald Dah and Lemony Snickets.
The whole time I was reading it I was finding something to laugh about and just had to share it with whoever was in the room with me. My father and brother heard some unusual, completely out of context snippets and they laughed as well.
I know plenty of youngsters who would absolutely devour this and I know quite a few parents who would love it as well. Perfect family reading.
There weren’t many illustrations in the book. Plenty of space for them in the final book, marked by wonderful ‘Artwork To Come’ frames. But the artwork that was there was brilliant. Reminded me of Quentin Blake’s work in the Roald Dahl books. I hope that Meggitt-Phillips and Follath keep working together as the series grows and expands.
I really encourage you to check this book out upon release and keep your eyes peeled for the film which has been announced.
Thank you for taking the time to read my stop on the tour. There are plenty others and even a couple of interviews. Check them all out!
Until next time, happy reading!