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Martin Jr, Bill / Steven Kellogg

ISBN 10: 015201683X / ISBN 13: 9780152016838
Published by Harcourt Brace, 1999
Condition: New end page w Hardcover
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Unread copy. Signed 'from Steven Kellogg' on front; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 40 pages; Signed by One Author. Bookseller Inventory # 66697

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Publisher: Harcourt Brace

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New end page w

Dust Jacket Condition: small drawing.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; Later Printing.

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In a dark, dark house, in a dark, dark wood lurks a creepy, beasty . . . BEAST! But fear not--this beast may not be so beastly after all. The talents of Bill Martin Jr and Steven Kellogg come together for the first time to create a ghoulish story that’s both scary and snug. Cuddle up but beware--you’re in for a big, beasty surprise!


"In a dark, dark wood there is a dark, dark house..." So begins this tongue-in-cheek rodent tale of intrigue. Four brave and curious mice follow the trail of a big, scary beast, down the dark red stair, into the dark blue cellar, inside the dark green bottle in the dark purple cupboard. Young readers will squeal in delighted fright when the yellow-eyed monster ("A BEAST!") flies out and across the cellar, up the stairs, out of the house, and into the night. The perpetually rhyming, color-obsessed mice follow in hot pursuit. But is the beast really as horrible as it seems?

Two of the best-loved creators of children's books have collaborated on this utterly charming picture book. Using repetition, color progression, and rhymes, Bill Martin, Jr. (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) and Steven Kellogg (A-Hunting We Will Go!) conjure up a story that will beguile any small reader in search of a thrill. Comical, cartoonish illustrations depict shadowy figures and deep, rich colors, leading up to the spooky surprise ending. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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