WHO IS THE BEAST? by Keith Baker
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Simple couplets (""The beast, the beast! I'm filled with fear./I see his tracks--the beast is near!"") describe a tiger's progress through the jungle from the point of view of other creatures, who are shown observing such details as whiskers or stripes. Finally, the tiger wonders whether he is indeed the beast, compares himself to each of the others (""We both have eyes. . .We both can jump"") and concludes that ""We all are beasts--you and me."" The verse here is a bit pedestrian, but serves well enough to convey the cleverly imaginative idea. Baker's broad, double-spread acrylic illustrations are outstanding. The rich jungle colors are dramatically edged in black; by and large, the fauna are realistically portrayed (the tiger is noble yet ingenuous), while the more stylized flora are often embellished with decorative patterns. A handsome book with an appealing story and a gentle, implicit message.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0152001220
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich