Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated sequel to The Beast and the Bethany in which Bethany and Ebenezer try to turn over a new leaf, only to have someone—or something—thwart them at every turn.
Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then the Bethany arrived.
Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a former prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer secretly misses the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what “good people” do anyway.
Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has disagreed with her?
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.
My thoughts: book one was very funny so I had high hopes for this beastly second outing, and it paid off. After Claudette ate the Beast, Ebenezer and Bethany are trying to Do Good. It’s not exactly going well, and Claudette is decidedly off colour too.
With the Patrick Extravaganza at risk, and things going from bad to worse – it can only mean one thing – the Beast is back!
This book made me laugh, it’s very silly and there’s going to be more crazy Beast related nonsense in a third book. I know I’m not the intended audience but books don’t come with an age limit, so if you don’t have a younger person to get this for, get it for yourself.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.