THE BEASTLY VISITS by Mitra Modarressi


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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 Modarressi (The Parent Thief, 1995, etc.) introduces two hopefuls: Newton, a benign monster who lives in the subflooring, and Miles, a friendless fellow who resides in the house above. Newton spies on Miles but hesitates to introduce himself. He, too, is retiring by nature. Newton's parents urge him to get to know the boy, so Newton gathers courage and makes Miles's acquaintance. They become fast pals until Newton starts asking about Miles's other friends. On his own, Newton discovers that Miles has no other friends and is being bullied by a neighborhood tough. Newton confronts the hoodlum, who threatens him until Miles steps in. No lessons here, except that buddies should be steadfast and true. Still, the story provides solace, particularly in Modarressi's illustrations; they project a wistfulness with which more than a few children will be able to identify. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-531-09530-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1996


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