K-Gr 2-Featuring 11 whimsical, furry, pastel-colored "Beasties," these easy-readers combine stories with educational concepts. In the first book, Bee-Bop counts place settings for his birthday party; the second offering features Flippet, who follows a map that leads her and her friends to "berry treasures"; and in the third book, Slider tells three lies and learns a lesson about friendship. Four lines of rhyming verse per spread incorporate basic, repetitive vocabulary. In a nice touch, framed portraits of the Beasties appear at the beginning of each volume and a map of Beastieville appears on the back covers. Each title concludes with simple activities, discussion points, and a word list. Unfortunately, the connection between the featured concepts and the actual stories is somewhat muddy. For example, in Birthday Beastie, letters take precedence over the number theme when all of Bee-Bop's presents begin with the letter "B." Little Lies concerns a moral lesson much more than counting ability. This lack of focus, combined with an overall bland and dated graphic presentation, makes for a disappointing effort.-Mary Ann Carcich, Hampton Bays Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.