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The Baby Beast

Written by Chris Judge

Illustrated by Chris Judge

Part of the The Beast Series

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Humorous Animals

LoveReading View on The Baby Beast

Chris Judge’s Beast – enormous, black, hairy – is an irresistible character, and hugely comic. Here he’s presented with a special challenge: opening his door to get his newspaper, he finds an egg. He’s never been given an egg before and isn’t very sure how to look after it but tries his best in scenes that will have young children squealing with laughter (especially those with a baby brother or sister). Fortunately, the egg accidentally lands in hospital where kindly Dr Yoko provides useful advice. More fun and games follows when to the Beast’s huge surprises, the egg hatches. Though very silly indeed the story is perfectly told, maintaining suspense and delivering its surprises with eggspert comic timing, and will bear multiple readings.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

If you'd like to learn more about the Beast, visit Chris' Lonely Beast website which has a space for readers' artwork and things to make.

The Baby Beast Synopsis

When an egg arrives on his doorstep, Beast doesn't quite know what to do: feed it? Take it for a nice long walk? Drop it?

Doctor Yoko tells him he must keep it warm and just wait, but exactly what he's waiting for is a mystery to the Beast...

Side-splitting humour from award-winning Chris Judge: adults will recognise (some of) Beast's first-time child-care mistakes, while children laugh out loud. This is the fourth in the award-winning Beast series, following The Lonely Beast, The Brave Beast and The Snow Beast

The Baby Beast Press Reviews

Praise for the The Beast series;

'Judge tells a familiar tale but illustrates it with uncommon style and verve.' New York Times

Judge gives readers a tale filled with wit and ending with a folky twist. The vibrant illustrations and comic-book-style layout and transitions bring movement, depth, and whimsy. A great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. Kirkus Reviews

Chris Judge is particularly good with movement and bold colour Independent, Best Picture Books for Children

Should enlarge the large Beast's already large fan base Booklist

A pacy tale, told through bright, cartoon-style illustrations Evening Standard

Fun, friendship and festive frivolity Early Years Educator

An irresistible debut - as fresh and original as they come. Top pick!- The Bookseller

The Lonely Beast is illustrated in such a diverse way that it makes it totally worth buying without even reading the story! (But) the story is equally brilliant. A quirky and a good value read. - EYE

It's the illustrations that really make this special . . . I'm looking forward to seeing more from Chris Judge in the future. - The Bookbag

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ISBN: 9781783447763
Publication date: 04/07/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447763
Publication date: 4th July 2019
Author: Chris Judge
Illustrator: Chris Judge
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Humorous, Animals

About Chris Judge

Chris Judge is an illustrator and painter based in Dublin. His work  has appeared in advertising, newspapers, magazines and exhibitions around the world. His debut  picture book, The Lonely Beast, won the Irish Children’s Book Award in 2011.

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