Saturday, June 30, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] Pat the Beastie by Henrik Drescher

Title:  Pat the Beastie

Author:  Henrik Drescher

Genre: Horror / Humor / Monsters

Year Published: 1993

Year Read: 2010

Series: Pat the Beastie #1

Publisher: Orion Children's Books

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Gross Humor and a Scary Scene)

“Pat the Beastie” is a hilarious and revolting story from the creative mind of Henrik Drescher about the consequences of mistreating pets.  “Pat the Beastie” may be a bit too gross and disturbing for smaller children, but older children will definitely be delighted with this book.

Henrik Drescher’s parody of Dorothy Kunhardt’s popular book “Pat the Bunny” is incredibly hilarious and disgusting for many children.  Henrik Drescher goes into great detail about how the kids torture their pet beastie, Pat such as jiggling at Pat’s eyes and pull Pat’s fur.  Henrik Drescher’s illustrations are highly creative and creepy at the same time, especially of the illustrations of Pat the Beastie as Pat is illustrated as a very hairy and wrinkled green dragon and the expressions on Pat’s face are priceless as the readers can see the pain that Pat goes through as Paul and Judy torture Pat relentlessly.

Parents should know that smaller kids might not handle the gross humor and the disturbing ending.  I will not tell you what happened at the end of the book since I do not want to spoil the book for you, but the ending will definitely creep out kids who are scared of monsters.  Also, kids might want to watch out for the gross humor displayed in this book such as the kids jiggling Pat the Beastie’s eyes and pulling at Pat’s worm boogers.  Parents might want to read this book first and decide if their children love gross humor and can handle disturbing endings.

“Pat the Beastie” is probably Henrik Drescher’s grossest yet most creative book since it is Henrik Drescher’s first pop up book.  This book is definitely a great treat for children who love pop up books and gross humor.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up even though the book suggests that the age group be ages three and up.  Yet, there is gross humor and a disturbing ending that might not be appropriate for young children.

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