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Meet the Beast
ISBN: 9781402240508
Author: Evans, Nate/ Evans, Vince
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: October 2010
Retail: $4.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Siblings Zeke and Hannah meet Otto, a friendly yet troublemaking monster living under Zeke's bed, and they must try to keep him a secret while preventing Otto from following them to school and causing more trouble.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 2-3
Grade level: 2-3
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Growing Up, Fantasy, Early Elementary, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 September #4)

This kickoff volume of the Beast Friends Forever series is a screwball comedy from brothers Nate and Vince Evans (the Humpty Dumpty Jr., Hardboiled Detective books). When Zeke and Hannah's father, who's stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Bermuda Triangle, sends them a box filled with candy, it arrives empty. A shadowy shape lurking behind the kids presages their discovery of an impish beast that has stowed away. An escapee from an island that's been commandeered by trolls, Otto takes up residence under Zeke's bed and wows the siblings with his "tricksy tricks," which include transforming objects into fantastical creatures, one of which helps Otto best the school bully. Most of the story is written as a heavily illustrated chapter book, though it jumps into graphic novel format when the action escalates; the hyperbolic line art helps move the story along briskly. Adding to the inanity is ample potty talk and insult-hurling ("booger-brain" is oft-used), and Otto's lingo--a combination of pirate-speak and nonsense (he calls the marauding trolls "slimy pickle-noses" and "hairy skunk-sniffers")--should bring on giggles. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 March)

Gr 3–5—Nine-year-old Zeke and his younger sister Hannah's adventures begin when they receive a large box from their dad. It is empty except for a bunch of candy wrappers. Then all the sugary foods at home disappear. Zeke finds the culprit living in his shoe—a tiny monster from the Bermuda Triangle whom they name Otto. He can change size, and he can also make inanimate objects exchange shapes. This book is a combination beginning chapter book and graphic novel, and it is very fast paced. There are made-up words and many a "POOF!" and "BAM!" Neither the story nor most of the vocabulary is challenging, and there is lots of graphic support with a line drawing on almost every page. There is also some name-calling and potty humor. An additional purchase.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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