The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, Isabelle Follath (Illustrated by)


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Our Bookseller says:

“Wonderfully whimsical, The Beast and the Bethany feels like Roald Dahl wanted his own take on The Picture of Dorian Gray!

Is it dark? Yes. Is it full of shocking twists? Yes. Does it leave you feeling good and like you secretly learned a life lesson? Absolutely. The illustrations lend a sort of Tim Burton-esque macabre to the tale and are delightful even on their own. There aren’t many books that masterfully bridge the gap of full-blown chapter book and “still gaining confidence reading,” but this novel accomplished it and is now one of my favorite recommendations for kids who are *almost* ready to jump into the big books, but not yet.”


Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated tale of a hungry beast, a vain immortal man, and a not-so-charming little girl who doesn’t know she’s about to be eaten.

Beauty comes at a price. And no one knows that better than Ebenezer Tweezer, who has stayed beautiful for 511 years. How, you may wonder? Ebenezer simply has to feed the beast in the attic of his mansion. In return for meals of performing monkeys, statues of Winston Churchill, and the occasional cactus, Ebenezer gets potions that keep him young and beautiful, as well as other presents.

But the beast grows ever greedier with each meal, and one day he announces that he’d like to eat a nice, juicy child next. Ebenezer has never done anything quite this terrible to hold onto his wonderful life. Still, he finds the absolutely snottiest, naughtiest, and most frankly unpleasant child he can and prepares to feed her to the beast.

The child, Bethany, may just be more than Ebenezer bargained for. She’s certainly a really rather rude houseguest, but Ebenezer still finds himself wishing she didn’t have to be gobbled up after all. Could it be Bethany is less meal-worthy and more…friend-worthy?

The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, Isabelle Follath (Illustrated by)
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