Meet the Beast (Beast Friends Forever Series #1)

Meet the Beast (Beast Friends Forever Series #1)

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by Nate Evans, Vince Evans
     
 

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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

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?

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
From the Publisher
""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 MAD magazine comics with more goggling eyes. Good for a few goofy laughs." - Kirkus" - Kirkus

""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." - Publishers Weekly" - Publishers Weekly

""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" - Booklist

""...a combination beginning chapter book and graphic novel, and it is very fast-paced." - School Library Journal" - School Library Journal

""Part comic book, part chapter book, this is a great bridge between the two and your young monster-lover will love it." - Terri Schlichenmeyer, Bookworm Sez" - Bookworm Sez, Terri Schlichenmeyer

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402240508
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Beast Friends Forever Series , #1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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.

Meet the Author

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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Meet the Beast 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really intresting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book interisting.
NellZO More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old grandson liked it and asked for any sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is amazing & awesome because from the moment I open this book I feel like i'm very interested in it.
Gaia77 More than 1 year ago
Per my 8yr old daughter: This is a good book that tells you how to be best friends, and how monsters can be nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book you will want to read for hours till you get to the end of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a nice book!!
reniegenie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great Iread it over and over. Hannah, Zeke, and Otto are great kids and beast in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would rate 1000000000000000000 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for kids
donxtheWay More than 1 year ago
Fast and energetic read. Imaginative and lively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is good but I was just reading it and I write stuff about the people who is n this story and I was writing what was the detail that is n this story the story is good but it only got 3 stars and I know this book can get more stars like 4/5 but this book is funny but it is not my thing and I love the people name like stink and the other one name and I did not even know it was a best friend In this story and it was like bff that is what I think about this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like Adalt reading 5 year old's book I am 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know where this came from. It showed up on my home page out of nowhere...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 100% happy i got this because i do have a best friend and thats ella 100% true btw im 14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good, but where's the action.Like did the kids go to the Bermuda triangle or like did the beast have more specicies like him.
BLKDOLL More than 1 year ago
Got it for my grandson he liked it very much! thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute little story. All three of my children (9,10,11) seemed to enjoy reading it as well. It was short enough to keep their attention but not so short as to leave you feeling like you were missing something.