The Lonely Beast

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002270, JUV001000, JUV039060
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 11
Lexile 530
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144563
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2011


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

Publishers Weekly

“The Beast has a shaggy charm, and his story could even stir up a discussion about the interplay between acceptance and tribalism.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“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

Author, 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.