I was so excited to be part of this tour hosted by The Write Reads and this book was as fun to read as promised! This tour was huge and there are plenty of blogger’s reviews to read! GO check them out!
The most exciting new children’s book of 2020 and a modern classic in the making. The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors! This book should be on every little monster’s birthday and Christmas list.
Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful. But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan . . .”
Jack Meggitt Phillips is an incredibly exciting new talent. He is an author, scriptwriter and playwright whose work has been performed at The Roundhouse and featured on Radio 4. He is scriptwriter and presenter of The History of Advertising podcast. In his mind, Jack is an enormously talented ballroom dancer, however his enthusiasm far surpasses his actual talent. Jack lives in north London where he spends most of his time drinking peculiar teas and reading PG Wodehouse novels.
Isabelle Follath is an illustrator who has worked in advertising, fashion magazines and book publishing, but her true passion lies in illustrating children’s books. She also loves drinking an alarming amount of coffee, learning new crafts and looking for the perfect greenish-gold colour. Isabellelives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Although this book is aimed at children I still really enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of the books I read as a child and it took me back to a time I adored browsing Library shelves to find the perfect read and this really was a perfect read. Warner Bros has even already acquired the rights to it! You can read more about that here!
There are 3 main characters in this book. Firstly Ebenezer Tweezer who has great character development. You really want to hate him but he is an intriguing character and it was hilarious to watch him try and interact with the outside world. He seems to have no concept of money or how people think and you watch him stumble a few times. Which leads us on to our second character Bethany. She is taken in by Ebenezer and although he wants to hate her they begin to have crazy adventures. She isn’t a stereotypical “girly girl” you usually find in children’s books which I loved! She was loud, brash and loved to play pranks. It was so refreshing to have a female character that tore down all those stereotypes and was willing to face down the big bad beast! Now that I have mentioned him I can talk about our last main character THE BEAST! He was big, slimy and completely well the only word for it is gross. Bit of a childish description but I think it fits the genre. He is a monster I can imagine being disgusted and a little scared of as a child (but in a good way think the giants in BFG or the Twits). He was the perfect antagonist for a children’s book.
This book was fast paced and kept surprising me with all it’s twists and turns. I can imagine any child (or adult) would really enjoy reading this book. The imagery was amazing and unfortunately as I had a proof copy all the illustrations weren’t there but the few that I did see were breathtaking. I can’t wait to see the finished copy. I am sure my niece would love to read this book, especially because of the illustrations.
This book is out October 2020 and I truly recommend you buy a copy!