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Title: The Beast and the Bethany
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Format: eARC (Netgalley) – 256 pages
Published: 1st October 2020 – Egmont
Hello Hello! How are you?
How has your week been? Mine has been so busy, hectic, tiring, urgh, I’m so glad it’s the weekend even though I still have a million things to do! On the bright side, I’m bringing you a spotlight for another #blogtour organised by Dave from @The_WriteReads!
I read The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips in August and I adored it, it was so fun, a bit dark and quite witty, it was just a great read and I thoroughly recommend it. So when Dave asked if we could do some spotlights to give it an extra boost, I jumped on the chance! Thank you to Dave for letting me take part in the tour last month and for letting me post about it again!
I just wanted to talk a little about this book before I jump into the spotlight, so, this is a middle grade book, in which we have a really badly behaved young girl called Bethany (all is not as it seems with her though), a monster that eats everything and anything and provides its “owner” with gifts, and Ebenezer, a 500-something old man who receives all these gifts and a youth elixir every year! This book is so funny, it has gorgeous illustrations, it is witty, it has a touch of Lemony Snicket, it has got some dark humour and dark/a bit sad themes, but also some absolutely amazing messages both for children and adults, and you can read all my thoughts in my review I wrote of it here!
And now, time for the spotlight!
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?
If you would like to purchase this book, you can find it here: Amazon UK – Amazon FR – Amazon US – The Book Depository (affiliate link) – Audible FR (affiliate link) – Waterstones – Barnes and Noble – Audible UK – Kobo
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to check out my review of this book, it’s definitely worth it, I highly recommend this great Middle Grade read!
See you soon, stay safe,