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Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie
     

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie

by Joel Stewart
 
Dexter Bexley has bumped square into a Big Blue Beastie. A bored Big Blue Beastie that ponders eating Dexter Bexley right up just for fun. Thinking quickly, Dexter suggests a much better idea. He and the Big Blue Beastie go into business together. No matter how many adventures Dexter can think up to distract him, the Big Blue Beastie continually finds himself bored

Overview

Dexter Bexley has bumped square into a Big Blue Beastie. A bored Big Blue Beastie that ponders eating Dexter Bexley right up just for fun. Thinking quickly, Dexter suggests a much better idea. He and the Big Blue Beastie go into business together. No matter how many adventures Dexter can think up to distract him, the Big Blue Beastie continually finds himself bored and hungry. It seems that this might finally be the end for Dexter Bexley . . . or is it?
Joel Stewart spins a darkly comic yet ultimately reassuring tale about friendship.

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Publishers Weekly

The aptly named Big Blue Beastie, a bored monster, believes eating young Dexter Bexley will relieve his ennui. But the resourceful, diminutive Dexter heads off Beastie's appetite by always coming up with another fun thing that the two of them can do together. In the funniest series of vignettes, they open a detective agency, solving cases with comically evocative names such as "The Rubber Glove Affair" and even fending off a Moriarty-like nemesis named Professor Hortern Zoar. By the time Dexter's stock of ideas is exhausted, the Big Blue Beastie decides it's much more fun to have the boy as a friend than a snack. Mock-Victorian drawings bring to mind the sly delicacy of Edward Gorey; every image conveys Stewart's (Jabberwocky) wit. The urbane, economical narrative, written in clipped British cadences, follows suit with its comic pith and dialogue conveyed in speech bubbles. Stewart always trusts that readers will get the jokes and be able to fill in the embellishments for themselves. A treat. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
When Dexter Bexley runs his scooter into a Big Blue Beastie, the Beastie says he is bored and thinks Dexter looks like a lovely snack. Dexter suggests that instead of eating him, they should ride scooters. When the Beastie becomes bored with scooter riding, they switch to delivering flowers and then to becoming private detectives. This continues on, with Dexter proposing a new and more outlandish activity each time the Beastie wants to eat him. By the end, Dexter has run out of ideas and supposes that now the Beastie will have to eat him. But the Beastie decides he has a much better idea and decides to make Dexter his friend instead. The gentle colors of most of the illustrations are a perfect complement to this very clever story. Dexter is very appealing and the Big Blue Beastie is just scary enough. This is great for a quickie read aloud or one on one sharing. It is a perfect pair with Mo Willem's Leonardo the Terrible Monster and a wonderful addition to all collections.
Kirkus Reviews
When a little boy encounters a fantastical creature, he uses his imagination to keep his new friend entertained. Dexter Bexley accidentally rides his scooter into a Big Blue Beastie who threatens to eat the "small and tasty" Dexter. But Dexter has a "much better idea," and invites the Beastie to go scooting with him. Soon the Beastie is bored and hungry again, so Dexter proposes a "much better idea," and the enterprising duo start a successful flower-delivery business until the Beastie becomes bored and hungry. Dexter swiftly suggests another "much better idea" and the playful pair become "Bexley and Beast: Private Detectives," solving imaginative mysteries like the Missing Marmoset and The Great Sausage Heist. But how long can Dexter come up with better ideas to assuage Beastie's seemingly insatiable appetite? Beastie himself eventually offers a solution. Very whimsical line-and-color illustrations focus on the not-too-scary, but quite rotund Beastie in his striped T-shirt and bowler hat cavorting and capering with his new playmate. Fanciful fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420681
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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