Pat the Beastie: A Pull-and-Poke Book

Overview

A warning: "You should never monkey around with a Beastie!" Once upon a time a little boy and girl named Paul and Judy had a pet called Beastie. Unfortunately, Paul and Judy weren't very nice to Beastie. In fact—they were downright naughty. They pulled Beastie's fur and jiggled Beastie's eyes. They tickled his feet and plucked his boogers. "Always be kind to your pets!" they were reminded again and again—but Paul and Judy never listened.

Boy, were they sorry! Artist Henrik ...

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Overview

A warning: "You should never monkey around with a Beastie!" Once upon a time a little boy and girl named Paul and Judy had a pet called Beastie. Unfortunately, Paul and Judy weren't very nice to Beastie. In fact—they were downright naughty. They pulled Beastie's fur and jiggled Beastie's eyes. They tickled his feet and plucked his boogers. "Always be kind to your pets!" they were reminded again and again—but Paul and Judy never listened.

Boy, were they sorry! Artist Henrik Drescher's decidedly wicked parody of Pat the Bunny, is back in a sturdier board-book format and more engaging illustrations. Pat the Beastie is an interactive touch-and-feel, pull-and-poke book that comes with pop-ups, squishers, squeezers, and squeakers—not to mention two brightly colored wormy boogers. Readers will love to join in with the mischievous Paul and Judy as they have fun "playing" with their pet Beastie, squishing and jiggling and playing peekaboo. (Hey, Beastie deserves some respect!) But after readers see what happens when you cross a Beastie—then he'll FEASTIE!—they'll go scrambling back through the book to make amends.

Paul and Judy have a pet named Beastie. With devilish glee, Paul and Judy encourage readers to smell Beastie's stinky feet, peek at him in the shower, and worse. Prankish pop-ups and rascally interactive devices of this wacky parody of the classic Pat the Bunny "touch-and-feel" book will keep readers in stitches. Full-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this spiky, acid-colored parody of Edith Kunhardt's gentle classics Pat the Bunny and Pat the Cat , Paul and Judy play pranks on their patient-seeming pet Beastie (a green-haired, scaly, dragon-like creature) and offer readers the chance to do the same. After Paul ``jiggles Beastie's eyes'' (pop-ups) and torments the modest animal by lifting a bubble-gum-pink shower curtain (cut from material) to peer at him in the bathtub; Judy ``pokes Beastie's worm boogers'' (a pair of wiggly rubber centipedes, one green, the other orange). A miniature book (written and illustrated by the beleaguered Beastie himself) attached to one spread contains a cautionary tale, while reproaches and warnings uttered by a toothy bird and dog duo steer the reader toward humane behavior. But the wit here is misfired--four-year-olds may laugh at playing peek-a-boo with shower curtains, but the sophistication of the parody genre will probably elude them. On the other hand, older children may well eschew the book's format, while adults are likely to turn up their noses at the gross-out humor. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761156109
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/12/2009
  • Pages: 11
  • Sales rank: 1,009,582
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Henrik Drescher, an illustrator whose work regularly appears in The New York Times Book Review and other national and international publications, is the author of Pat the Beastie and other children’s books, including McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending); Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale; and The Strange Appearance of Howard Cranebill, which won The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.
He splits his time between Toronto and China.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Pick on a beastie and he will feastie!

    I was always interested in Henrik Drescher's works, so I wanted to try out "Pat the Beastie" and it was indeed a strange book. Basically, this story is about two cruel kids named Paul and Judy who tortures their pet beastie throughout the book until the end when the beastie takes matter into its own hands. I will not tell you what the beastie does to the children since I do not want to spoil the ending for you.

    This book was extremely creative, especially for a pop up book since the illustrations are both surreal and humorous at the same time and I love the fact that the dog and the bird try to warn the reader about teasing the beastie. "Pat the Beastie" is a great book for children who love gross humor, however some children might be a bit frighten by the images of the beastie

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