The Beasties

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A picture book collaboration between the author of the fantastically successful Charlie Bone series and her artist daughter

 

On a starry, starry night Daisy hears a growl that makes her heart go pit-a-pat. It sounds like a story. Every night a new tale drifts up to Daisy—tales of robbers, shipwrecks, and lost princesses. Until one night everything goes very quiet. Daisy very slowly looks under the bed to find . . . three storytelling beasties! Beautifully painted ...

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Overview

A picture book collaboration between the author of the fantastically successful Charlie Bone series and her artist daughter

 

On a starry, starry night Daisy hears a growl that makes her heart go pit-a-pat. It sounds like a story. Every night a new tale drifts up to Daisy—tales of robbers, shipwrecks, and lost princesses. Until one night everything goes very quiet. Daisy very slowly looks under the bed to find . . . three storytelling beasties! Beautifully painted illustrations and a lilting, magical text make this picture book about the power of imagination and the comfort of storytelling a visual treat.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A child in a new home finds a way to cope with her nighttime fears. "The Beasties came to Daisy's house on a night when she couldn't sleep." The curly-haired moppet is afraid in her new bed in her new room. But the noises she hears are each of the strange creatures telling a magical story about an object, until, on the fourth night, she bravely turns on the light and discovers them under her bed. But they are tiny and nonthreatening and encourage her to invent her own story, which is the ticket to no longer being frightened. Each fanciful story has a fairy-tale flavor and showcases a friendship. The text is pleasant enough, but it is the artwork that shines. Daisy's room is large and shrouded in darkness, with the arriving beasties' shadows huge and frightening in the foreground. The beasties are monstrously appealing. One looks like a smaller white, four-legged Wild Thing; one is beetlelike; and the third is reminiscent of a blue-and-yellow-striped aardvark with a long tail. The illustrations are effectively atmospheric and packed with minute details; they fill the pages, ranging from four vertical panels to a series of spot-art images to large full-bleed spreads. A feast for the eyes, and a spark for the imagination, this invitation to become a storyteller will appeal to creative youngsters everywhere. A lovely addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405243353
  • Publisher: Egmont UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 688,435
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Nimmo is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling children's author whose books include the Charlie Bone series and The Snow Spider, winner of the Smarties Grand Prix. Gwen Millward is the illustrator of The Bog Baby and Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Beautifully Dreamy. My twins now like to tell stories about lit

    Beautifully Dreamy. My twins now like to tell stories about little found objects and they just love the beasties. And I enjoyed the story myself.

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