Book Title: The Fearsome Beastie Author: Giles Paley-Phillips Published By: Maverick Arts Recommended Age: 5 + (maybe) Reviewed By: Saewod Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Thinking Aloud Rating: 3 Ravens
As a parent, I have to say when I read this without Zat & Mat I was a tad bit disturbed by the plot. The Beastie is very much a mean beast and does exactly what fearsome beasties do in a young child's eyes. It's fearsome, sneaky, mean, tricky, and eats children. Now, I could possibly get over this fact if there had been a moral to learn for young children: don't talk to, take candy from, or open the door to strangers. But this really didn't have that. It simply had a shocking scare factor that could give many children nightmares. The Fearsome Beastie could have been a better children's book – in my opinion – had there been a stronger moral message from the Beastie and children's actions. So, for me, Giles may have amazing illustrations by Gabriele Anotnini, the tale is a bit too dark for most young children.
Now, when I shared this story with my two children – whom we will call ZaT (10yrs old) & MaT (6yrs old) – they enjoyed it. But anyone younger than my 6yr old, I don't think I would read it to.