Dear Beast


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$15.99  $14.71
Holiday House
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Dori Butler is an award-winning author of mysteries and books for all ages, including the King and Kayla series and the Haunted Library series. She is a two-time Geisel Honor recipient, an Edgar Award winner, and has been nominated for children's choice awards in 19 states. Dori lives in the Seattle area with her husband and their very large dog, Mouse. Visit her online at!

Kevan Atteberry is an illustrator who has written and/or illustrated many books for children, including Ghost Cat, which received a starred review in Booklist, and Tickle Monster. Many of his books have been bestsellers, but one of his biggest claims to fame is that he created Clippy, the paperclip helper in Microsoft Office. Kevan lives in the Seattle area. Visit him on the web at!


★ "The letter format allows for a variation of fonts and postscript or 'FTS (forgot to say)' commentary, while the text's humor and colorful cartoon art animate even minor characters. . . . A tale begging for the treat of a sequel."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

"an engaging romp and an introduction to epistolary fiction."--Booklist

"Beneath the humorous cat vs. dog banter, readers learn more about Andy's life and family through the creatures' doting observations. Full-color cartoony art on every page provides additional setting and characterization, while a "Doggy Dictionary" in the back addresses Baxter's many spelling errors."--The Horn Book

"Inventively for the early-chapter-book format, the story is told in letters written back and forth . . . Cat lovers will appreciate Simon's prickliness while dog aficionados will likely enjoy Baxter's obtuse enthusiasm, and all readers will learn about the time and patience it takes to overcome conflict and jealousy with someone you dislike."--Kirkus Reviews

"Prepare to be delighted by this story. It is, as a certain Beast would say, 'cool drool.'"--Kara LaReau, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor author of The Infamous Ratsos series