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One Beastly Beast: Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales (2007)

by Garth Nix

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Four separate short stories (each with short chapters) . . . all hysterically funny. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is a collections of fantastic stories with rude pirates, enchanted penguins, strange inventions and a very beastly beast.The text is easy to follow. We love the illustrations. We enjoy all stories written by Garth Nix. by 7X. ( )
  alexpark | Oct 9, 2011 |
What an absolute delight these four stories were to read! That's it. In addition to the beastly beast, there are indeed two alients, three inventors, plus pirates, serpents, penguinmaids, and lots of fun. ( )
  Prop2gether | Oct 26, 2010 |
Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadToo.com

Fantasy writer Garth Nix has created a short story collection for the younger set. Exploring the underworld of rat pirates; adoptions of Earthlings by odd, tentacled aliens; a princess literally searching the belly of the beast; and a brainiac solving the dilemmas of a kindhearted sea serpent, Nix introduces young readers to the possibilities of the imagination between the covers of a book.

ONE BEASTLY BEAST is an excellent choice for the reluctant reader. The full manuscript is around 120 pages, which can make a RR groan. However, each story is only about a quarter of the book, so readers can actually finish a single storyline very quickly. Additionally, illustrator Brian Biggs provides a number of illustrations to kick-start the imaginations of readers who might need a little extra motivation to continue to the end.

Possibly the strongest point regarding the construction of this book, however, is that even though it is a collection of four short stories, Nix still divides each story into chapters, thus giving young readers a taste of chapter books, as well as further dividing the reading challenge into smaller bites for the most reluctant of readers.

For those who are looking for something that will motivate a boy to read, this book will do just that, with pirates, rats, inventors, and aliens. Nix doesn't forget about his young female audience, however; they will love the adventure-seeking princess, penguinmaids, and the super-smart Serena, who saves the day with her bravery and willingness to dig deeper and understand the heart of a vegetarian sea serpent.

Overall, this is a book for every young reader; Nix has scored a fantasy winner with ONE BEASTLY BEAST (TWO ALIENS, THREE INVENTORS, FOUR FANTASTIC TALES). ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
This is a collection of four novellas for younger children ages 7 to 10. Three of the stories were previously published in Australia as short chapter books and the fourth is new to this collection. Each story is delightful. Silly, over-the-top fantasy or fairy tale stories that made me chuckle and I'm should will make children laugh out loud. Simply put, each story is just a whole lot of fun. The accompanying illustrations are also delightful. Done in a modern cartoonish manner they are perfect for the humour of the stories. The following works are included in this collection:

Blackbread the Pirate (1999) - A goofy tale that starts off as a play on the words "video piracy". A boy meets some pirate rats who steal his DVDs, then the rat navy comes along and shrinks him down to size so he can come along to the Neverworld and help them defeat Blackbread the scourge of pirates.

The Princess and the Beastly Beast (2007) - Poor princess, her father is a wizard and her mother is a retired warrior princess. She's bored because there are not ogres, dragons, monsters, moat monsters, beasts or other creatures anywhere near so she decides to run away. On her journey she meets a huge beast who promptly eats her and the princess finally has an adventure.

Bill the Inventor (1998) - Bill is an orphan who was left on the steps of the orphanage wrapped in a large banana peel. For many years no parents come to adopt him so the owner, a kindly lady, starts to seek out parents for him and he is present with a chorus of pirate parents, wizard parents and alien parents.

Serena and the Sea Serpent (2000) - A sea serpent keeps smashing into ships out in the bay and the towns along the shore leave a little girl on a rock in the middle of the bay to appease him. One day the event has happened again and Serena Smith volunteers to be the sacrifice. You see Serena had an accident as a baby in her inventor father's laboratory. It was a freak accident and she ended up having the knowledge of 57 encyclopedias in 12 languages. Serena thinks that if she just talks to the serpent maybe she can solve the problem. This was my favourite story in the book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060843195, Hardcover)

One beastly beast that's more than meets the eye.

Two aliens with slimy tentacles and too many eyes fixed on adopting a human son.

Three inventors and a sea serpent, a princess, an orphanage, and two ships full of pirates.

Four fantastic tales by renowned fantasy author Garth Nix.

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A collection of four fantasy tales in which a boy joins a strange navy in pursuit of video pirates, a neglected princess seeks adventure, an orphaned inventor seeks the perfect parents, and a genius girl faces a sea serpent.

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