Title: Revenge of the Beast
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Illustrated: Isabelle Follath
Series: The Beast and The Bethany #2
Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then the Bethany arrived.
Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a former prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer secretly misses the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what “good people” do anyway.
Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has disagreed with her?
You can find my Review of Book 1 HERE
The Beast is back and he is more Beastly than ever.
For a second book in a series this one smashed it! No 2nd book lag here! This was such a fun read, filled with hidden depths. We get a little bit of everything. We get to explore a little bit of Ebenezer Tweezers past, his childhood and how he met the beast. We get to explore the complexity of the grief he feels of the beast not being in his life, which is subtly beautiful and speaks to the adult reader. We have Bethany trying to reform her ways and struggling to build trust, and a new bratty child on the block to terrorise the orphanage!
This is jam packed with booking reference for all ages with little nods to some classics, such as a macintosh wearing bear from Peru that likes to frequent attics. The writing is still as wonderful as the first book with moments both dark, and sad, surprising and joyous, fun and silly. It still has that wonderful whimsical world-building while still reflecting on our world. It has themes that span any age range and will make even the most confident of adults ponder!
The humour is also as spot on as it was in book one, making me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. The illustrations also perfectly complement the writing style. Oh, that ending! It definitely has me excited for book 3!