A Beasty Story
by Bill Martin (Author)
Paperback edition: CDN$9.50
“In a dark, dark wood there is a dark, dark house…” So begins this tongue-in-cheek rodent tale of intrigue. Four brave and curious mice follow the trail of a big, scary beast, down the dark red stair, into the dark blue cellar, inside the dark green bottle in the dark purple cupboard. Young readers will squeal in delighted fright when the yellow-eyed monster (“A BEAST!”) flies out and across the cellar, up the stairs, out of the house, and into the night. The perpetually rhyming, color-obsessed mice follow in hot pursuit. But is the beast really as horrible as it seems?
“A Beasty Story,” by Bill Martin Jr. and Steven Kellogg, is a picture story about four hamsters: Nilly, Willy, Lily, and Silly. They come across a spooky Victorian-style house in a dark wood, and ultimately discover something scary inside. The authors help children to learn colors as they tell the story; this is well-integrated into the book. “Beasty” is an effective mix of suspense and humor, although the surprise ending doesn’t quite work; some readers might notice that the authors seem to violate the laws of science to achieve the surprise! Still, a fun book. A cute and educational book!
Available from http://www.amazon.ca and also found in most local Libraries.