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The Beast and the Bethany

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,181 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Beauty comes at a price. And no one knows that better than Ebenezer Tweezer, who has stayed beautiful for 511 years. How, you may wonder? Ebenezer simply has to feed the beast in the attic of his mansion. In return for meals of performing monkeys, statues of Winston Churchill, and the occasional cactus, Ebenezer gets potions that keep him young and beautiful, as well as ot ...more
Published 2021 by Aladdin (first published October 1st 2020)
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Whispering Stories
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511-year-old Ebenezer Tweezer lives in a 15 storey house with a beast living on the top floor. The beast started as a small creature but over the years he mithered Ebenezer to bring him food in exchange for gifts which he would vomit up, plus he also provides him with a special potion to keep him looking young. The food the beast wanted kept on getting bigger and bigger until he demands that Ebenezer brings him a child to eat.

Ebenezer doesn’t know where
Lili  Marcus
This was marketed as Lemony Snicket meets Dorian Gray, and also promises the macabre humour of Roald Dahl and the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, and wow, the marketing team of this book did a great job because those are exactly what The Beast and the Bethany has delivered. Well, those and more.

This book is a delightful treat. Just a few days ago I was telling my cousin that it’s been a long while since I read for pleasure and not for a blog tour or ARC (I’m not complaining, just merely stati
Liana Grace
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Middle grade magic at its absolute best.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to #TheWriteReads for making this book available to me.

I read this book under two hours because once I started I just could not put it down. I will try not to spoil this book because as with lots of Children's books, the plot isn't wide and the story is really focused on the outcome. Ebenezer is 511 years old but he looks nothing like his age because of a potion that he gets from a monster he keeps in his attic. He has basically been living a solitary life of enjoyment, he has all the mon
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beast and the Bethany will be available for purchase on December eighth (Psst! This would make a great Christmas gift!).

Take The Picture of Dorian Gray , and make it less gothic and more fun, and you’ve got The Beast and the Bethany. This book follows Ebenezer Tweezer, a 511 year-old who is ridiculously rich and remarkably spry for his age. His secret? He has a beast hidden in his attic. Ebenezer feeds the beast in exchange for a potion that keeps him young. At first, the beast wants small t
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Tour

Ebenezer Tweezer (hehe it rhymes) is 511 yrs old. Say what? Yep. You read that right. Is he a vampire? Is it magic? Nope and sorta. In order to stay young Ebenezer has to feed a beast who lives in the attic of his 15 story (!) house. Feed the beast and the beast coughs up a magical youth potion which The Ebmeister has to take once a year. The rest of the year, the beast coughs up whatever Ebbie desires. Sounds easy, right? And for a while it was. But then the beast started dema
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Review is part of #TheBeastandtheBethany #UltimateBlogTour hosted by The WriteReads.

Thanks a ton, Dave from @TheWriteReads and the author-Jack Meggitt-Phillips for giving me this opportunity and providing me with a free e-book copy of ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ on exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

The Beast and the Bethany is a middle grade fantasy novel which, besides from being an extremely humorous yet a bit dark tale, is equally an emotionally influential journey of a man and
bookslovereaders Steph
I haven’t read a good middle grade book for some time and now I have read this book it has raised the bar high. I have a young nephew that doesn’t read but I know that he would love this book. From the Beast and his antics to Bethany and hers. I’m glad to have found an author that appeals not only to children but to adults as well. mean come on we all have our inner child wanting to read a book like this!

The Beast and Bethany is a mixture of laughter, sadness, evil and light. You even have a cha
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you so much to the blog tour organiser, the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

This is a middle grade fantasy with a really dark and sometimes quite sad atmosphere. We first meet the two main characters in a bird shop, where Ebenezer, a 511-year-old man has gone to buy a bird to feed to his beast. His beast isn't a normal beast, it's a magic beast a
El Hyrst
Full review available on my blog on September 19th:

Rating: 4 stars!

Thanks to Egmont Publishing for the review copy of this book, and to Write Reads for letting me join the tour – it has not affected my honest review.

This was such a sweet middle grade story that it actually pulled me straight out of a vicious reading slump as I read it in one sitting. Ebenezer Tweezer (best name ever, by the way) and Bethany had a delightfully Despicable Me dynamic that I
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing


This is the type of middle grade book that I love to read! A whimsical story with interesting characters and gorgeous illustrations! This book has it all!

I loved the way the author wrote the story. Although it’s a fantasy like novel, the characters are so realistic that you can connect with. As I grow older, I wish I had the luck like Ebenezer to have my wishes granted and stay young forever. Additionally, the author also writes
Dini - dinipandareads
I read this book as part of the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. Special thanks to Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars

The best thing about participating in blog tours is that I get to learn about fantastic books that I otherwise never would've heard of--and I'm so glad this one was put on my radar! The Beast and the Bethany was such a well-written, engaging and fast read with some good lessons that both children and adults will be able to e
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This novel shows that a book doesn’t need dozens of characters to be great. Only a handful is enough – when done right. Ebenezer Tweezer is over 5 centuries old and still kind of behaves like a child sometimes: he’s stubborn, wants what he wants when he wants it, has no sense of what’s right or wrong. Or does he? Bethany is one of the rudest and boldest children I ever read about. She lives in an orphanage and is probably the least favourite of all the other kids and the woman who looks after th ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ebenezer Tweezer is a terrible man with a wonderful life. Five Hundred and Twelve years old, but looks like a Twenty year old lives in a huge home, Fifteen storeys high and a few elephants wide, it is indeed a gargantuan place. He lives alone with only a company of a beast. A beast on the top most floor, with three black eyes and two black tongues. The Beast and Ebenezer have a pact and that is how they have mutually survived. The beast asks for food and in return has the power to get anything t ...more
Nicole (Half Wild Books)
ARC recieved for blog tour

With a whimsical narrative, monstrous beasts and life lessons, Phillips writes an invaluable book perfect for every child's library.  I loved this one, and devoured it in less than twenty-four hours. It's fast, fun, and doesn't take it's self too seriously. The narration was phenomenal, and I was instantly hooked by the descriptions and details Phillips threw this rich book. It actually made me chuckle a few times, so The Beast and The Bethany will no doubt make childr
Gina R Mitchell
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic, fabulous book The Beast and the Bethany is. I was hooked from the first page. To kick off the story with the statement that Ebenezer Tweezer is 511 years old but only looks twenty will undoubtedly grab your attention. We quickly meet Bethany and the Beast, although I wasn’t entirely sure which one was the beast. Bethany is an obnoxious orphan who will never find a family to adopt her with the attitude she displays.

The story moves at a steady clip that rarely gives you time to c
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and it was great to be able to read a book to my eight-year-old daughter that kept us both entertained, but in different ways. I could appreciate the depth of the plot while my daughter was swept away with the humour and gore of the story.

As the blurb explains, Ebeneezer has to feed the beast in his attic all sorts of things and in return the beast vomits out (yes gross, but the kids love it) various items that Ebeneezer wants, including a potion that keeps him foreve
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, children-s
511 year old Ebenezer Tweezer isn’t a nice man. He lives with a Beast in his attic who he feeds all manner of things and in return the beast vomits out anything Ebeneezer wants. Days before his 512th birthday the beast feels hungry again, and while Ebenezer needs the beast to give him a special potion to help him stay young (a potion he receives every year) the beast wants a special meal in return. The Beast tells Ebeneezer to find him something new…he wants to eat a human child!

Wow, this book i
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It happens very rarely, if ever, that you just hear one praise after the other from the members of your book reviewing community.

It happened with me for the very book that I am going to be reviewing here: (though not given to the use of adjectives much, I break the rules and.....) the hilarious, the fabulous, the must-read, the heart warming, the amazing.....DRUM ROLL.... THE BEAST AND THE BETHANY.

The book targeted for middle grade readers has been written by Jack Meggitt-Phillip and illustrat
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Ebenezer Tweezer has one goal in life—to keep on living. And he's been doing a good job of that for over five centuries. He's able to do this because of potions given to him by a magical Beast he met as a child. To keep the potions coming, he has to bring food to the Beast (who is only slightly more mobile than a caged bird). In return, the Beast magics money, treasures, and other gifts for Ebenezer.
Katerina  Kondrenko
9 out of 10

What a funny and pleasant read this book is! I recommend it to everyone. Adults would giggle and have fun while children would do the same plus learn some important things. It's a tale for children without lame attempts to lower writing style or make characters silly. I loved it! oh, and yes, it's a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast but turns out a totally different story)
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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📗 This was a really fun, unusual book about a naughty little girl and a very naughty giant Beast. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but Bethany won me over with her antics, and also with her softer moments when she misses her parents and tries hard to be a good person.

📕 At times, I did feel like this book was trying a little too hard to appeal to children, rather than just being a book for children and it distracted me away from the stor
Rebecca Hill
Oh my goodness, I am excited to share this book review with you! There are many books out there for kids with so many characters, that many of them have a hard time trying to maintain who did what. The Beast and the Bethany is totally different. There is a small loveable cast, and they are memorable. Kids will not have any difficulty reading through this book, and remembering who is who!

While I was reading through this book, I kept thinking, this is something that my kids would love! I may inco
Nada Sobhi
The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips and illustrated by Isabelle Follath is unique and unexpected story with equally unique characters.

When I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect. But what I felt after I finished it was that I didn't want it to end and that I wanted to hug the author and characters.

The Beast and the Bethany is about a mean and evil man, a mean and evil beast, and a meaner girl. And all of them learn lessons and two of them discover other sides to thems
Danni (_forbookssake)
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, netgalley
The Beast and the Bethany was such a breath of fresh air for me. As most of you know, most of the books I read are super serious thrillers, so it was great to take a break and read something so fun and silly. Middle Grade is definitely out of my usual comfort zone, but I’m trying to broaden my reading range, and I am so glad I read this book.

There are quite a few references that children might not even realise, but us adult readers definitely will. For example, Ebenezer’s artwork that he has thr
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktails
Imagine if you could live forever, in a huge house as wide as 12 elephants. And you could eat whatever food you wanted and have all the expensive art and anything else you heart desired. All you have to do is feed the beast whatever he wants. Easy enough when you have limitless wealth. Even the Beast's latest request, a child, doesn't actually bother Ebenezer that much. He doesn't particularly like children and anyway, one little child isn't as important as himself, is it?

The Beast is a huge, sm
Amy (Read.Dream.Live)
Although this book is aimed at children I still really enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of the books I read as a child and it took me back to a time I adored browsing Library shelves to find the perfect read and this really was a perfect read. This book was fast paced and kept surprising me with all it's twists and turns. I can imagine any child (or adult) would really enjoy reading this book. The imagery was amazing and unfortunately as I had a proof copy all the illustrations weren't there b ...more
Louise (Bookmarks and Stages blog Cannon
Fun and totally grossed out with this absolutely terrific children’s book that has heart and warmth!
It’s being made into a big budget Hollywood Movie with Warner Brothers already and I can see how it can lend itself terrifically well to the big screen.

I’ve been one of the lucky people to get my hands on a copy of the book to review and it gives me great pleasure to share with you.

The Beast And The Bethany is one of the biggest middle-grade children’s books to be published this year, with a film
Candyce Kirk
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started The Beast and the Bethany I knew that I was going to enjoy this book, but I loved it even more than I expected. I finished this book in one sitting and it left a smile on my face. This story is a bit darker than I've read in middle grade before, but it's also filled with fun jokes and amazing illustrations. On top of that, what I love about middle grade books, this book is filled with many lessons but they're taught in a fun way!

One of our main characters is Ebeneezer and he's alm
Mehek (The critiques of a Fangirl)
Click on the link to read the full review on my blog - The Beast and The Bethany Review

This was a damn cute book, the writing style was immersive and really whimsical. I found myself getting lost in the writing style.

The Illustrations are damn good, they capture cute as as well as weird moments perfectly and the artist captured facial expressions perfectly.

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