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  • Hodder Children's Books

A Tale of Two Beasts

Fiona Roberton

7 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Picture storybooks, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Humorous stories (Children's / Teenage), Mysteries, the supernatural, monsters & mythologic


A funny story about seeing the world from a different viewpoint.

There are two sides to every story.

A little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who forcefed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences?

An eye-opening story that makes you look at things from a different perspective.

'Roberton's premise is as sublime as it is simple, with a subtle message. [...] Totally delightful.' - Kirkus Reviews

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Praise for A Tale of Two Beasts

  • Roberton's premise is as sublime as it is simple, with a subtle message. Brilliantly, the illustrations vary just slightly from one version of the story to the next; it's their juxtaposition with the radically different textual perspective that generates the laughs. - Kirkus Reviews

  • Roberton spins a clever he-said/she-said story about a girl's rescue of a squirrel-like creature in the woods. [...] It's a smart and not-too-serious introduction to the idea of empathy-and boundaries. - Publisher's Weekly

  • Charming and original. - Huffington Post

  • I've loved everything Fiona Roberton has done so far but I love this one even more. There's so much to engage both eyes and ears here. The story is cleverly constructed and both the main characters and the illustrations, enchanting. - Red Reading Hub

  • Praise for The Perfect Pet: A hoot. - The Times

  • [The Perfect Pet is] A gentle, funny, endearing story that's definitely recommended. - Bookbag

  • [The Perfect Pet] is a witty tale with a lovely philosophical response - Families

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Fiona Roberton

Fiona Roberton was born in Oxford and studied art and design in London and New York. She has lived and worked all over the world and is currently based in London. Fiona's debut picture book Cuckoo won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. She is the creator of the bestselling A Tale of Two Beasts, which has sold over 220,000 copies around the world.

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