BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY CHILDREN by Michael O. Tunnell

BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY CHILDREN

Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Despite its perky informality (``Most folks know the story...about Beauty taking old bristle-face in her arms...just in time to keep Mr. Beast from croaking''), a didactic and disappointing sequel. ``Auguste,'' the handsome ex-beast, is vain and thoughtless; worse, he spends too much time with cronies and too little at his kingly (and, presently, parental) duties. He's not even there for the birth of his children--three boys, each with a beastly characteristic: fangs, paws, a tail. ``It's not my fault!'' is his predictable reaction, and he absents himself while the children run out of control--until suddenly he sees their behavior as dangerous and lays down the law with instant results. Sure, dads are important, but Beauty's total inability to cope is hard to take--even given that her sons are suffering from an enchantment as well as from a shiftless father. Tunnell (Chinook!, p. 235) can do better. Cymerman's cartoony illustrations are in the parodic spirit of the text. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-12181-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993




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