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Love the Beastie: A Spin-and-Play Book Hardcover – December 20, 2011

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About the Author

Henrik Drescher, an illustrator whose work regularly appears in The New York Times Book Review and other national and international publications, is the author of Pat the Beastie and other children’s books, including McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending); Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale; and The Strange Appearance of Howard Cranebill, which won The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.
He splits his time between Toronto and China.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Nov edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761161090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761161097
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Love The Beastie" marks the long overdue return of master artist and author Henrik Drescher to the world of children's literature.

One of the most egregious mistakes in publishing is the absence of his amazing books, which are mostly out of print, while formulaic, unoriginal artwork fills the shelves of the children's section of what few bookstores remain these days. It must be a symptom of cultural decline that some of the most enjoyable and imaginative books ever created have been allowed to go out of print.

It is a great gift to see the arrival of "Love The Beastie," a follow-up to "Pat The Beastie" created as a response to the children's classic, "Pat The Bunny." The list of Drescher's books is too long to repeat here, but it is worth mentioning that Drescher is a four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year award and a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Businessweek magazines. As a painter, he's had fine art exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia including a solo exhibition at the U.S. Library of Congress.

If you want to see an absolute masterwork that is not only therapeutic for the child, but also immensely aesthetic for the adult, get a copy of "Simon's Book." This is a tour de force of imagination and craft where pens and ink bottles and the drawings themselves come to life and race across the pages in ways never seen before in a children's book. Amazon sells it. And be sure to look at Amazon's Henrik Drescher page for his other books.

One can only hope that book buyers will take notice of this beautiful, inspired and kind-hearted work, and that publishers will someday see the wisdom of bringing Drescher's books back into print, classics that they are. Henrik Drescher is one of the finest and most original artists and authors on the planet and should not be forgotten.
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This is the second of a two-book series. The first book, Pat the Beastie, is also really cool. I saw this book at a friend's house and knew it would be perfect. My son is 2 years old and he loves these books. What makes these books so great is that they are interactive! There are textures to feel, tabs to pull, pop-up pages to turn, things to push that makes noises. A really cool book to play with. And a great lesson about being good to your pets - and animals in general.

One word of caution -

My son is 2 years old, and he has torn off some of the pop-ups. Ideally this would be for kids old enough to know better. However, my son really loves these books (he asks for Beastie) and so we are just extra cautious when he touches the more fragile parts of the book.
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My two year old son loves this book. He loves all the interactive features of the book, and it even has some humor value for adults. I would give it five stars if some of the moving parts were a little more durable, but it's hard to expect a cardboard book to hold up to a two year old forever.
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This is a wonderfully done, interactive, children's book that teaches about treating others nicely, and building friendships. The story is very simple, and nearly every has interactive pop-ups and movables. The illustrations are bright and colorful. I enjoyed this book very much, and recommend it to both children and adults who fancy children's books.
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