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"In a dark, dark wood there is a dark, dark house..." So begins this tongue-in-cheek rodent tale of intrigue. Four brave and curious mice follow the trail of a big, scary beast, down the dark red stair, into the dark blue cellar, inside the dark green bottle in the dark purple cupboard. Young readers will squeal in delighted fright when the yellow-eyed monster ("A BEAST!") flies out and across the cellar, up the stairs, out of the house, and into the night. The perpetually rhyming, color-obsessed mice follow in hot pursuit. But is the beast really as horrible as it seems?

Two of the best-loved creators of children's books have collaborated on this utterly charming picture book. Using repetition, color progression, and rhymes, Bill Martin, Jr. (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) and Steven Kellogg (A-Hunting We Will Go!) conjure up a story that will beguile any small reader in search of a thrill. Comical, cartoonish illustrations depict shadowy figures and deep, rich colors, leading up to the spooky surprise ending. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Four wide-eyed mice enter a dark, dark house in a dark, dark wood, in this not-so-scary tale that also teaches colors. "A high-spirited balance of concept book and adventure tale," noted PW. Ages 3-7.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152165606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152165604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Preschoolers will love to explore the "dark, dark house" with the four brave mice. They'll also love the rhyme and references to colors. The text is brief to match the attention span of young children. The opening illustrations foreshadow the ending; preschoolers might not notice the first time through, but when they do notice, they'll be delighted. Best of all, the beast is scary, but not TOO scary.
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Great rhyme and repitition and the color words are printed in color so children can help read. I always read this around Halloween to reinforce that things are not always what they seem - it may look scary, but is just pretend and all for fun.

This is a really fun story and I have yet to find a child who doesn't like it (I've read it to preschool classes for 10 years).
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I wasn't to sure of this book at first as it sort of jumped around with the mice in there speaking, but it has grown on me and my grandkids ages 4 and 6 love it. The pictures are great and large to see and the story told is great and I really use my imagination when reading it. Bill Martin is great anyway
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By A Customer on November 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My daughter (3 1/2) and son (20 months) both loved this book when we borrowed it from the library. It is full of suspense yet not scary. The rhymes are wonderful! It teaches colors as well. My daughter loved repeating the sentences.
A cute and educational book!
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I was introduced to this book by a child's friend. Fell in love during the first read. Great story, great illustrations. I keep copies of this book on hand to give as gifts and haven't met a child or parent who hasn't fallen in love with A Beasty Story.
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Bill Martin Jr.'s knack for rhyme and rhythm are the base for this exciting tale. Steven Kellogg illustrates the 'dark, dark woods' and the charming mice whose adventure we are sharing. This book is perfect for beginning readers and adults to share the reading. Children can easily memorize and 'read' the subtly changing text. Adults can chime in as the mice. I love to watch my Kindergartener's read this book 'outloud to themselves'. They cannot help but add dramatic touches to the reading. A new classic from these two great contributors to children's literature.
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"A Beasty Story," by Bill Martin Jr. and Steven Kellogg, is a picture story about four hamsters: Nilly, Willy, Lily, and Silly. They come across a spooky Victorian-style house in a dark wood, and ultimately discover something scary inside.
The authors help children to learn colors as they tell the story; this is well-integrated into the book. "Beasty" is an effective mix of suspense and humor, although the surprise ending doesn't quite work; some readers might notice that the authors seem to violate the laws of science to achieve the surprise! Still, a fun book.
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Our son, 3 1/2, LOVES this book. He is into anything that is scary...but doesn't want to be scared (if that makes sense). Like Scooby Doo...starts off scary, but there is always a reason, nothing supernatural! Terrific illustrations, educational and surprising! Fun book to read for the adults too. The type of book that you notice something new each time you read! Adorable!
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