A Beasty Story

beasty story bill martin

In a dark, dark house, in a dark, dark wood lurks a creepy, beasty . . . BEAST! But don't be scared--this beast may not be so beastly after all. The beloved Bill Martin Jr and Steven Kellogg bring their enormous talents together to create a ghoulish story that's both scary and snug.---from the publisher

40 pages                        978-0152165604                       Ages 4-7


This is  a tale of four mice that happens in "a dark, dark wood."   The tension rises as Silly, Lily, Willy, and Nilly  follow the arrows, "This way to the dark, dark woods"  and beyond deeper into the woods,  into "a dark, dark house, " out of a  purple cupboard in the cellar and then they chase a big, yellow-eyed ghost out of the house.  Colors abound.

They aren't done yet though because they are about to follow the ghost  into the woods and beyond to  "even darker house" where a white beast rises."

Funny and scary this is a nice blend for a younger listeners at Halloween.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


Vivian on Goodreads recommends singing this song with children after reading A Beasty Story:

"After sharing this book, lead the group in an action song: The Ghost in the House (to the tune The Wheels on the Bus)

The Ghost in the house goes "Boo, Boo, Boo" (flash hands) The Steps in the house go "Creak, creak, creak" (make stepping motions) The Cats in the house go "Meow, meow, meow" (hunch over, touching toes) The Mice in the house go "Squeak, squeak, squeak" (make whiskers) The Owls in the house go "Hoo, hoo, hoo" (make binocular eyes) The Broom in the house goes "swish, swish, swish" (pretend to sweep) The Witch in the house goes "Hee, hee, hee" (make witch hat with arms) The Wizard in the house says "abracadbra" (wave wand) The People in the house just "disappear" (snap fingers or cover face)(less)"

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