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The Beastly Feast Hardcover – May 15, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

A veritable banquet of vibrant images and jocular rhymes awaits readers in this irresistible picture book, Goldstone's first, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Lent (The Funny Little Woman). When the beasts decide to dine, a healthful and ethnically varied repast followsA"mosquitoes bring burritos," "fishes bring knishes" and "mice bring rice" (complete with chopsticks). The tasty, textured language will delight young children as they watch the parade of players with their props march across the pages. Lent layers handmade cut paper with printed patterns in a bouquet of delectable colorsAsalmon pink, pea green, blueberry, grape and mustard yellow. In one especially innovative spread, smiling blue fish roll boulder-like knishes while carrot-orange mosquitoes fly with burritos speared on their stingers. The early spreads introduce the dinner guests, each leading into the next (readers see the outstretched arm of a bear on the right, and turn the page to find the pear he palms), then, once the meal begins, the table starts to stretch (readers have only to revisit the cozy empty table at the opening). Chaos ensues as a puffin lands smack in the middle of a pie, a mosquito stings a fleeing antelope and mice cling to flying muffins. Animals, food, forks and text all go askew, until at last peace is restored: "The feast is done./ The beasts are full,/ so everybody claps./ The armadillos bring some pillows.../ ...and everybody naps." These collaborators cook up a scrumptious feast indeed. Ages 1-5.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3AThe centerpiece is arranged and the table is set, ready for The Beastly Feast. Fishes bring knishes, puffins come bearing muffins, and mosquitoes bring burritos as the guests prance and zip across the pages to this deliriously raucous food fest. Young readers will delight in the chaos that ensues when the flies' pie crashes onto the festive table loaded with parrots' carrots, antelopes' cantaloupe, and other potluck dishes. They also will find it hard to resist manipulating the delicious word pairs and adding their own silly rhymes. Goldstone has created a rhyming story with a minimum of words that may remind readers of Bill Martin's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) in its exuberant beat and topsy-turvy outcome. It is Lent's fabulous illustrations, however, that place this book in its own unique class. The artist made his own paper and then printed it with colorful patterns using cut cardboard and linoleum. The resulting lively collages and layout convey a sense of movement and excitement. The rich visual details nicely balance the simple words and add complexity to an otherwise straightforward plot. This collaboration is cause for celebration; The Beastly Feast will give youngsters lots of reasons to rejoice.ABarbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805038671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805038675
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been a writer since I was a kid growing up in Ohio, but I've always dabbled in art and design as well. These days, my main job is writing textbooks, but I also do graphics for a New York theater company. I'm thrilled that I found a way to combine these interests in my own books.

Starting with the Great Estimations series, I've had a lot to do with how my books look. For those two books, I was the photo stylist, which meant I got to spend hours counting and arranging macaroni elbows, google eyes, fake cockroaches, and rubber ducks. And then beginning with 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, I started taking some photos for my books, too. (I don't have much room here, so if you see a photo of something like an elephant in one of my books, chances are pretty good that I didn't take that one.)

Books have always been a big part of my life, from buying dusty old paperbacks in any used bookstore I could find to my first job, shelving books as a page at the Shaker Heights Public Library. I even love that word: I was a page!

In 2002, I decided it was about time I learned to speak a foreign language, so I started taking Spanish lessons. One of the biggest joys of this ongoing project/struggle has been learning to read literature in another language. These days I feel just as proud and excited to finish a book in Spanish as I did when I first read Half Magic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or The Once and Future King.

Oh, about those textbooks. I've written thousands of pages in pretty much any subject you can think of, from reading and math to social studies and science. I try to make them as interesting as possible, but even so, I'd like to officially apologize for any math problems or grammar worksheets that any of my readers found particularly annoying.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
No one can resist this charming tale of animals preparing for a feast. Children love the clever rhymes, fun story, and beautiful illustrations. I have given this book to nieces, nephews, and friends' children, in addition to my own son, and it has been a favorite every time. Bruce Goldstone is a genius! This book will not disappoint you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on May 22, 2002
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This delightfully illustrated story will appeal to children aged two to five. The first time we read it together, my daughter and I giggled at the clever rhymes, frenzied pace, and sudden ending. The animals get together for a feast, and all the foods they bring are vegetarian. "Moose bring juice and mice bring rice. Fleas bring peas and flies bring pies." The story goes faster and faster, the rhyme almost becoming a tongue twister and the food flying around the table. Finally, at the end, the animals collapse into a pile to take a nap! This fun book requires at least two readings in a sitting. Enjoy! -Reviewed by Melanie Wilson
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By Pam Holubec on August 16, 2009
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This book enhances children's awareness of rhyme (important reading skill) in a novel little story. I've used it as a teaching school in an elementary school, and am now purchasing it for my grandchildren. I highly recommend it!
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Any teacher who is teaching students to rhyme, this is a great book. It also has a multicutural theme to it. You will enjoy it.
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By Renee on December 20, 2014
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Book was well written and very appropriate for both my 3 year old and 4 year old prekindrgarten classes.
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