Title: Beast Feast
Author: Emma Yarlett
Illustrator: Emma Yarlett
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
Description: You are cordially invited to a BEAST FEAST at the BEAST CAVE on Saturday. Dinner will be SERVED.
P.S. PLEASE REPLY. I’m getting hungry and Dinner won’t STOP TALKING…
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a funny book and perfect for kids who like a fun read and some monsters. ‘Beast Feast’ is a hardback book which is a bit wider and shorter than A4 in size and is filled with thick matt pages with colourful illustrations, text and some fun extras. Beast has managed to catch dinner and he wants to share his feast with all his monster friends, but Dinner won’t stay quiet and keeps giving Beast suggestions on what to do.
This really is a funny book with such a simple story. Beast writes to all his friends inviting them to his Beast Feast, but as he gets the replies back, one by one, he’s given instructions by his monster friends on how to cook it, one for example wants the dinner to be very slimey, so Beast sets about preparing dinner in the way that’s suggested. But for every letter and suggestion Beast gets, Dinner (a child) gives him a different idea on what to do to make him more ‘tasty’. I like the way this book goes, every few pages there is a new letter from one of Beast’s friends and the letters aren’t just printed on the page but are actually there for you to open. Some are just folded pieces of paper while others are letter shapes that need opening and another is elaborately folded (though easy to open and close). Each letter is very fun to read and makes the story all the more fun as you feel so engaged in opening the letters and reading not only the main text, but all the extra bits like who it’s from, letter headers, etc.
The story is simple and ends in a fun way which actually put a smile on my face. I don’t want to give away the ending but it’s a good story about friendship and I like what happens with Beast and Dinner as they spend more time together. The illustrations are just brilliant. I like the way every one of the characters looks, especially Beast being pink and all the added extra things you see in the pictures and the inside covers. On the inside of the covers are recipes, gruesome icky recipes for things like Fingernails and Chips. It works well though if you look at the back inside cover after reading the storyrather than at the start as there are recipes that sort of continue the story that takes place in the book. So read the whole book from one inside cover to the other.
I really like this book and keep looking at it again and again and I know so many children will love it too. It has a really good story that I feel is even better than the author’s previous book I’ve read ‘Dragon Post’ and I just can’t help but love the added fun and details of the letters and all the extra recipes. I even love the way the back of the book looks like an envelope and the fact that the child is always referred to as Dinner. The whole book will just make you smile and both girls and boys (and many teens and adults) will enjoy this fun and silly story.
Do you like the look of this book? Do you or your children enjoy books like these with added extra things to open? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂