Meet the Beast (Beast Friends Forever Series #1)

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Overview

Featuring beastly fun comic strips inside!

Is there a monster living under your bed?

Meet Otto! Zeke and Hannah's new best friend-even if he is a beast.

It's up to Zeke and his sister to keep this mini-monster out of their candy, out of their school...and out of trouble! Will they be able to keep him a secret? Will the school bully discover why he's swinging upside down from ...

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Overview

Featuring beastly fun comic strips inside!

Is there a monster living under your bed?

Meet Otto! Zeke and Hannah's new best friend-even if he is a beast.

It's up to Zeke and his sister to keep this mini-monster out of their candy, out of their school...and out of trouble! Will they be able to keep him a secret? Will the school bully discover why he's swinging upside down from the basketball hoop in his underpants? More importantly, what does Otto want with Hannah's dolls?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This kickoff volume of the Beast Friends Forever series is a screwball comedy from brothers Nate and Vince Evans (the Humpty Dumpty Jr., Hardboiled Detective books). When Zeke and Hannah's father, who's stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Bermuda Triangle, sends them a box filled with candy, it arrives empty. A shadowy shape lurking behind the kids presages their discovery of an impish beast that has stowed away. An escapee from an island that's been commandeered by trolls, Otto takes up residence under Zeke's bed and wows the siblings with his "tricksy tricks," which include transforming objects into fantastical creatures, one of which helps Otto best the school bully. Most of the story is written as a heavily illustrated chapter book, though it jumps into graphic novel format when the action escalates; the hyperbolic line art helps move the story along briskly. Adding to the inanity is ample potty talk and insult-hurling ("booger-brain" is oft-used), and Otto's lingo--a combination of pirate-speak and nonsense (he calls the marauding trolls "slimy pickle-noses" and "hairy skunk-sniffers")--should bring on giggles. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)
Booklist
"This well-plotted and fanciful opener promises a series that early chapter-book readers will appreciate... Set in the kids' house, school, and neighborhood, the tale unfolds with a few nicely handled subplots, including one about a bully who is eventually bested by the beast. It's likely that the nasty fellow will need to be reconquered again in future episodes, adding a dynamic that readers will enjoy anticipating in addition to sillier high jinks from Otto. Bouncy cartoon illustrations and a few passages in comic-strip format punctuate the brief chapters, but the narrative is seamless despite these multiple storytelling approaches. A good start to the Beast Friends Forever series." - Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Nine-year-old Zeke and his younger sister Hannah's adventures begin when they receive a large box from their dad. It is empty except for a bunch of candy wrappers. Then all the sugary foods at home disappear. Zeke finds the culprit living in his shoe—a tiny monster from the Bermuda Triangle whom they name Otto. He can change size, and he can also make inanimate objects exchange shapes. This book is a combination beginning chapter book and graphic novel, and it is very fast paced. There are made-up words and many a "POOF!" and "BAM!" Neither the story nor most of the vocabulary is challenging, and there is lots of graphic support with a line drawing on almost every page. There is also some name-calling and potty humor. An additional purchase.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews

Nine-year-old Zeke's father sends a care package to Zeke and his younger sister Hannah from an aircraft carrier in the Bermuda Triangle. When the package arrives and the kids bust it open fighting over it, candy wrappers flutter out--but no candy. Soon strange things begin to happen around the house: Snacks disappear, odd voices grumble in Zeke's room, sneakers and dolls vanish. Zeke and Hannah mount a monster hunt and FIND ONE! Beast is a tiny magical refugee from Triangle Island, which is currently ruled by evil trolls. He has the tricksy magic of "swap-o." For a short time, he can swap items from there (Triangle Island) to here. Zeke and Hannah find that can cause trouble, but it can also solve bully problems. Illustrator Nate Evans collaborates with his younger brother Vince for this wide-eyed kickoff to a new series for the chapter-book crowd. Fast action scenes switch to graphic format, and all of the copious black-and-white illustrations resemble cleaned-up MADmagazinecomics with more goggling eyes. Good for a few goofy laughs. (Fiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402240508
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Beast Friends Forever Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 935,639
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Vince Evans started his artistic training by copying his big brother Nate's drawings. Vince has worked for numerous comic and book companies and has won the Spectrum Silver Award.

Nate Evans has illustrated over 35 kids' books and written a few more. The latest of these, co-authored with Laura Numeroff, are Ponyella and The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, a New York Times bestseller. Nate lives in Georgia with his wonderful wife, three goofy dogs, and a cat that plays soccer. Visit www.nateevans.com

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Read an Excerpt

The Atlantic Ocean. Somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle...
This is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Viking.
It's over three football fields long.
It weighs 101,000 tons.
It's a big ship.
And right now it's in big trouble!

"The storm came out of nowhere! It wasn't on the radar!"

Meanwhile, belowdecks, a man is packing a cardboard box. He doesn't know about the storm and the danger outside. He is thinking about his kids.

They are very far away and he misses them.

Suddenly a siren sounds! WHOOOOT! WHOOOOT!

The man gasps, "A plane is in trouble!" Then he scrambles out the cabin door.

He leaves the package sitting open on his bunk.

He doesn't know that this box is about to change everything...

Chapter 1
What Stinks?

Today stinks! thought Zeke. Stinks in a big way, like...walrus burps!

Zeke sat at the back of the old school bus as it rumbled along. He watched the crazy houses in his neighborhood roll past the window. Most of the people that lived in his town loved the ocean, just like Zeke's dad. He was in the navy and worked on an aircraft carrier. Zeke sighed when the bus chugged by a house shaped like a submarine. It had been Jimbo's home until yesterday.

Jimbo was Zeke's best friend. And they had lots of awesome plans. First, they were going to build go-carts and race down Dead-Man's Ditch. But Jimbo, who always had wild and crazy ideas, decided they should build a rocket ship instead! They were going to be the first nine-year-olds in outer space. Jimbo already knew how to make real smoke bombs. How much tougher could it be to build a rocket? Zeke knew it would be super cool!

Then Jimbo's dad got a new job in a new town. And Jimbo moved away. Just like that. Zeke scowled. He couldn't build a rocket by himself. And Dad was gone for six months again-far away, somewhere at sea. When you worked on an aircraft carrier you were gone a lot. Zeke sighed again. He missed Jimbo. He missed Dad. With a screech of brakes, the bus jerked to a stop.

"Come on," called a high, squeaky voice.

"Last one off the bus is a rotten jelly bean." Zeke's little sister, Hannah, jumped up and ran for the door. Zeke followed slowly.

"Zeke's a smelly jelly bean!" shouted Hannah, bounding off the bus.

"Today stinks big time," Zeke muttered.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: What Stinks? 1
Chapter 2: The Big Box Blow-Up 5
Chapter 3: Triangle Trouble 11
Chapter 4: Sid the Squid 14
Chapter 5: Mad, Mad Mom 20
Chapter 6: The Shoe Must Go On 30
Chapter 7: Monster Hunting 36
Chapter 8: Hide-and-Go-Freak 43
Chapter 9: Monster Mash-Up 60
Chapter 10: Meet the Beast 64
Chapter 11: Hoobah Goobah! 68
Chapter 12: Who Invited the Elephant? 77
Chapter 13: Countdown to Disaster 84
Chapter 14: The BFF 106

Nate Evans has illustrated over 35 books, and written a few more, including several picture books co-authored with Laura Numeroff. The latest of these is the New York Times Bestseller The Jellybeans and the Big Dance, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Nate currently lives in Georgia with his wonderful wife and three goofy dogs.
Vince Evans started his artistic training by copying his big brother Nate's drawings. Vince has worked for numerous comic and book companies, and has won the Spectrum Silver Award for excellence in comic art.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Sucks

    Don't read this

    39 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Good book!

    This is a really intresting book

    37 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Really funny

    It reminds me of how i used to act as a little girl now being twelve

    29 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Okay

    The book is an okay.BUT it,s cool.

    28 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    I DO NOT KNOW THIS GOT TO MY NOOK AT ALL

    I WOULD OF STARED IT 0000000000000%

    27 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Amazing

    I'm 10 and this is my favorite book and I hate reading i finshed this book in a day (3hours)you need to read the 2nd one it is amazing

    25 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    4 stars

    I liked this book it was easy to read and it didn't take time , I read it when I was bored and it helped me not be bored. This book really is for littler kids but im 12 and even I think this book is cool

    23 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    The best

    You other users have to be thankful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Test

    Testtttt

    20 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Gt Great

    Great book!!!

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    Not Sure How I Received This Book

    Unfortunately, I have not read this book. I'm writing the review because this book mysteriously appearred on my nook/tablet and my account was charged. This was not a book that I bought.

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Bff

    It is a nice book!!

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Ummmm

    This is the stupidist book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

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    Friendly Fun

    Per my 8yr old daughter: This is a good book that tells you how to be best friends, and how monsters can be nice.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    made my 10 year old laugh

    Short-ish chapters, but engaging enough for a light, fun read for my 10 year old. I'll probably have to read it to my 8 year old "lazy reader".

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Recommend

    My 10 year old grandson liked it and asked for any sequels.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Good with some reservations

    My 8 year old nephew enjoyed reading it and was able to finish in less than 1 hour (he read it on a car ride home). My only reservation was the characters called each other unflattering names and said some stuff that I don't encourage kids to repeat. Although it was able to keep my high-energy nephew's attention, I don't think I'll be getting the next book in the series - he doesn't need add "spaz" to his vocabulary or think that saying "shut up" is okay.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Great book! First pick almost daily.

    My four year old loves this book and asks for it almost every night. For a very hyper child to settle down and listen to this story is amazing. It holds her attention and captures her imagination, as well as prompting lots of discussion.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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