Welcome to my stop on The Beast And The Bethany Blog Tour! This tour has been organized by TheWriteReads and will run from 12th September 2020 to 25th September 2020. Make sure to check out the other blogs taking part in this tour. And now that I have gotten that out of the way, read on to find out what did I think about “The Beast And The Bethany”.
About The Book
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?
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Genre: Children Literature, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Egmont Books
Date Of Publication: 01st October 2020
No. of Pages: 240
Source: Blog Tour
I loved this book so much! The Beast And The Bethany is an entertaining story that I finished reading in one sitting. The story grabs you and leaves you wanting to know more. You do not feel the time pass by when you read this. I thought of reading the book before bed and before I knew it, it was past 12 and I had finished the story!
I loved the three main characters. Especially Ebeneezer who we see grow into a wonderful human being by the end of the book. Bethany too, turned out to be a great character, even though I must admit I didn’t mind her being fed to the monster initially. But after a couple of pages, she grew to be one of my favorites. The friendship that grows between Bethany and Ebeneezer is so sweet and I loved the scenes of them bonding together.
The whole book gave me some serious Lemony Snicket-Tim Burton vibes. It has a sort of nostalgia to it that took me back to the books I read as a child. Imagine this as the story of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” but for children.
The Beast And The Bethany is a good story that talks about greed. It tells us how greed can make a person do unthinkable things and how once a person gives up on that greed they can become a better person. It is also a story on how the choices we make can control our lives and how we have the power to change that.
While the book isn’t slated to come out until October 2020, the book has already been acquired by Warner Brothers to be adapted into a movie and I cannot wait!
The Beast And The Bethany may be a children’s book, but I would definitely recommend adults reading this too. It is very enjoyable and I honestly cannot stop thinking about it. It is a light read that can instantly make your day better and can be a good filler book to read during a slump.
About The Author
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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You can find the Ebook available for purchase on Amazon India.