The Lonely Beast
Have you heard of the Beasts? No? Well, I’m not surprised. Not many people have. That’s because the Beasts are very rare.
This is the tale of one Beast, the rarest of the rare, a Beast who decides he is lonely and sets out to find the other Beasts. Will his daring and dangerous journey lead him to some friends?
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Andersen Press USA|
|Imprint||Andersen Press USA|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||1.3|
- Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year
The Horn Book Guide
“‘There is only one Beast in each country… and they don’t even know one another.’ A lonely Beast sets off to find someone like him. In a series of humorous episodes, he hitches a ride on a whale, beautifies a park, becomes a media darling, etc. This original story is paired with illustrations recalling a large-scale Sunday comic strip.” —The Horn Book Guide
The New York Times Book Review
“Judge, based in Dublin, tells a familiar tale but illustrates it with uncommon style and verve. Readers will want to know where the Beast ends up next. Friends, after all, like to keep in touch.” —The New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal
“This is a story of longing and perseverance with a touch of humor as Beast even interviews (wearing a tie) on TV. A general purchase for most libraries.” —School Library Journal
“The Beast has a shaggy charm, and his story could even stir up a discussion about the interplay between acceptance and tribalism.” —Publishers Weekly
“Using what looks like paint and cut-paper collage, Judge creates open settings in artfully contrasted colors and textures that give his central figure both a strong visual presence and an enigmatic air carrying hints of deeper meanings…. Judge’s art stands out.” —Kirkus Reviews
Illustrator: Chris Judge
Chris Judge is an illustrator and painter based in Dublin, Ireland. 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.