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Dear Beast



by
Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by
Kevan Atteberry

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823444922
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None
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Simon has taken care of his owner, Andy, for many years. He’s a good cat. Clean, responsible, and loyal. What more could a boy want? Even when Andy’s dad moves out, Simon is certain that Andy doesn’t need another pet. So why would Andy’s dad adopt a DOG?! To make matters worse, the animal is a rude, rowdy troublemaker.

Simon’s job is clear: the beast has got to go. He decides to write him a letter. Strongly worded, of course. But when the dog’s response sets off an unexpected correspondence, Simon realizes the beast may be here to stay. Can he make room for another pet in Andy’s life?

This funny and heartwarming collaboration between Geisel Honor and Edgar Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler and bestselling illustrator Kevan Atteberry is a tribute to the love of a good pet—and the joy found in new friendship. With nine chapters and adorable full-color illustrations on every spread, the series is perfect for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books.Full-color illustrations created digitally with Photoshop.

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

80

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

2.9: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2020

Book Genres

Early Chapter Book, Easy Reader, Epistolary

Topics

Cats. Dogs. Letters. Humorous stories. Pets. Single-parent households. Epistolary books.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

This title’s collection of letters brings out the best (and worst) in a small boy’s two pets—cat Simon and dog Baxter (“the Beast”) as they battle over young Andy, a child of divorced parents who has two homes with a pet at each house. The very proper and organized Simon only thinks of his own role as number one pet and wants to convince Baxter to leave permanently. However, the innocent, affectionate dog supports Andy. Baxter’s missives include misspelled words on torn, lined paper, while the feline writes formal notes “from the desk of” Simon. Both pets are in a contest for Andy’s heart. With interspersed cartoon comic images, a Doggy Dictionary of misspellings, and a collection of letters from other pets and street friends, the tale progresses through various crises as Simon learns more about how to be a “good pet.” The letter format allows for a variation of fonts and postscript or “FTS (forgot to say)” commentary, while the text’s humor and colorful cartoon art animate even minor characters.This recommended first purchase title for all libraries encourages young readers to examine the point of view and underlying motives of the characters. A tale begging for the treat of a sequel.

Horn Book

Having two pets in two separate homes can spark a bit of territorialism, so when Andy announces he has a new dog at Dad's house, Simon, the cat who lives at Andy's Mom's, takes immediate action: he writes a formal letter dispensing with the dog's services. The return correspondence, far less formal, introduces an eager, oblivious canine names Baxter, a perfect foil for Simon, THis launches this epistolary early chapter book, with the letters sent back and forth via a goggle-eyed snail carrying a mailbag. Simon's letters, written on personal letterhead, ooze pretention and are signed "sincerely," while Baxter's torn-notepaper missives are littered with spelling errors, "YAYA!"s, and signoffs such as "Luv and Liver Treets." Simon tries a variety of manipulative tactics to oust the newcomer, including debating, shaming, and enlisting the help of goldfish Bubbles and a neighnorhood skunk named Stinky. Eventually Simon succeeds in getting rid of Baxter, but he immediately realizes his mistake and amps up his letter-writing efforts to get the dog back home. Beneath the humprous cat vs. dog banter, readers learn more about Andy's life and family through the creatures' doting observations. Full-color cartoony art on every page provides additional setting and characterization , while a "Doggy Dictionary" in the back addresses Baxter's many spelling errors.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This title’s collection of letters brings out the best (and worst) in a small boy’s two pets—cat Simon and dog Baxter (“the Beast”) as they battle over young Andy, a child of divorced parents who has two homes with a pet at each house. The very proper and organized Simon only thinks of his own role as number one pet and wants to convince Baxter to leave permanently. However, the innocent, affectionate dog supports Andy. Baxter’s missives include misspelled words on torn, lined paper, while the feline writes formal notes “from the desk of” Simon. Both pets are in a contest for Andy’s heart. With interspersed cartoon comic images, a Doggy Dictionary of misspellings, and a collection of letters from other pets and street friends, the tale progresses through various crises as Simon learns more about how to be a “good pet.” The letter format allows for a variation of fonts and postscript or “FTS (forgot to say)” commentary, while the text’s humor and colorful cartoon art animate even minor characters.This recommended first purchase title for all libraries encourages young readers to examine the point of view and underlying motives of the characters. A tale begging for the treat of a sequel.

Horn Book

Having two pets in two separate homes can spark a bit of territorialism, so when Andy announces he has a new dog at Dad's house, Simon, the cat who lives at Andy's Mom's, takes immediate action: he writes a formal letter dispensing with the dog's services. The return correspondence, far less formal, introduces an eager, oblivious canine names Baxter, a perfect foil for Simon, THis launches this epistolary early chapter book, with the letters sent back and forth via a goggle-eyed snail carrying a mailbag. Simon's letters, written on personal letterhead, ooze pretention and are signed "sincerely," while Baxter's torn-notepaper missives are littered with spelling errors, "YAYA!"s, and signoffs such as "Luv and Liver Treets." Simon tries a variety of manipulative tactics to oust the newcomer, including debating, shaming, and enlisting the help of goldfish Bubbles and a neighnorhood skunk named Stinky. Eventually Simon succeeds in getting rid of Baxter, but he immediately realizes his mistake and amps up his letter-writing efforts to get the dog back home. Beneath the humprous cat vs. dog banter, readers learn more about Andy's life and family through the creatures' doting observations. Full-color cartoony art on every page provides additional setting and characterization , while a "Doggy Dictionary" in the back addresses Baxter's many spelling errors.

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