Today I am pleased to announce my stop on The Beast and the Bethany blog tour run by The Write Reads! 😀  This is such an amazing book and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you, but once you’ve read them please do check out the other reviews being posted on this blog tour too by looking up the hashtags #AFeastForTheBeast #UltimateBlogTour and #TheWriteReads on socil media. 🙂

Title: The Beast and the Bethany (Beast & the Bethany #1)
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Illustrator: Isabelle Follath
Publisher: Egmont
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Pre-publication proof copy
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Description: Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful. But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan . . .

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  511 year old Ebenezer Tweezer isn’t a nice man. He lives with a Beast in his attic who he feeds all manner of things and in return the beast vomits out anything Ebeneezer wants. Days before his 512th birthday the beast feels hungry again, and while Ebenezer needs the beast to give him a special potion to help him stay young (a potion he receives every year) the beast wants a special meal in return. The Beast tells Ebeneezer to find him something new…he wants to eat a human child!

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Wow, this book is so brilliantly funny and has such a great story. ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ is a children’s book filled with some great illustrations and a tale that’s just so funny and silly. Ebenezer Tweezer has to find a child for the beast to eat and decides to go to the orphanage where he spots Bethany, the most annoying child there. He decides she’d be a good feast for the beast, but when he gets home with Bethany the beast isn’t impressed. I don’t want to spoil the story but it really is a very funny one with Bethany’s annoying behaviour and general manner being too much for both the Beast and Ebenezer.

While Ebenezer wants to be rid of Bethany as quickly as possible the beast wants to delay in eating her and what happens next is a brilliant mix of silliness, funny moments and a few touching ones too. I really couldn’t put this book down from the minute I started reading it. Bethany is a character I actually enjoyed, and I oddly enjoyed Ebenezer’s character too, as he starts off a certain way but goes through quite a few changes over the course of the story.  The tale is so funny and silly with interesting moments with the Beast and I really enjoyed how things develop between Ebenezer and Bethany.  As the story goes on it ends with a brilliant climax and I just love what happened between the Beast and Bethany. The ending is really good but just as you think the whole story is finished there’s a sudden twist that I just didn’t see coming! That twist sets up a next book in the series and I just can’t wait to find out what happens next!

The book is filled with lots of lovely and fun illustrations, although in my advanced reading copy most of them were currently missing (maybe the Beast ate them? 😮 ). The illustrations are all in black, white and grey and are so funny. I like the way Ebeneezer looks and the way Bethany looks too, even her expression as a baby, is so funny to see. I do believe that with a whole set of illustrations the book will be even more amazing to read and I’m sure even more funny than it already is.

I’d definitely recommend ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ to everyone. It’s such a funny and silly story with a bit of a Roald Dahl feel to it, and it will definitely keep you turning the pages. With each chapter given a name and some odd and silly descriptions inside like a house being the width of a dozen elephants, it’s just such a funny story to read and I’m sure many children and adults will love this! There’s even a funny ‘about the author section’ which reads just like a chapter of the book too (rather than a more ‘sensible’ biography). I really can’t see anyone not enjoying what happens to Ebeneezer, Bethany and the Beast. And who knows what will happen in the next book in the series! 😀

-Read review of book 2 – Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt Phillips & Isabelle Follath

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About the Author

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Jack Meggitt-Phillips is an author, scriptwriter, and playwright whose work has been performed at The Roundhouse and featured on Radio 4. He is scriptwriter and presenter of The History of Advertising podcast. In his mind, Jack is an enormously talented ballroom dancer, however his enthusiasm far surpasses his actual talent. Jack lives in north London where he spends most of his time drinking peculiar teas and reading P.G. Wodehouse novels.

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What do you think of this book?  Are you or your children looking forward to reading this?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂