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Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie [Hardcover]

Joel Stewart
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2007

Dexter Bexley has ridden his scooter right into a big blue Beastie, who wants to eat him right up! Luckily, Dexter has lots of much better ideas. Together they go into business delivering flowers, set up a Private Detectives agency and make the biggest, stickiest, tastiest yoghurt, fudge, banana and ice-cream Beastie feast ever!

But what's going to happen when Dexter runs out of ideas?

Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 038561005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385610056
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 22.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is an inspired celebration of imaginative play . . . It is comic, suspenseful and tender and Stewart's grainy, surreal, retro images are a delight" (The Sunday Times)

"A charming book with plenty of space left for the reader's imagination to wander through" (Inis)

"This is a zany, lovely tale that will have children hooting with laughter" (Literary Review)

"A warm and funny tale about forming an unlikely friendship" (Junior)

"A treat" (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A funny and original picture book about friendship, with brilliant quirky illustrations from top-rated author-illustrator Joel Stewart.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic in the making 21 Aug 2008
By S. Bull
This was a gift from my son's godmother - who has four children of her own - and is simply one of the funniest and engaging children's book that we've owned - and read... and read .... my son has loved it from the age of two and seeing that it still seems to be relatively undiscovered it's a great gift for friends whose kids seem to have all the normal favourites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie 9 Jun 2008
This is a fantastic book, witty and original with an unusual illustrative style. I am happy to read to my daughter again and again, I'm not sure which of us enjoys it the most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple 3 Jan 2011
By struts
I have often noticed that books with detailed illustrations and little text appeal to my children (Alice, just turned 7 and Louise, just turned 4). They seem to love interpreting them and using them as inpiration to speculate together their own sub-plots.

There can't be many better examples of this phenomenon than this lovely book. The simple parable about the value of friendship is beautifully laid out in deliciously detailed pictures with a minimal amount of text written with dry but endearing humour. In particular I find that the beastie's laconic comments seem to be crying out to be voiced as the deadpan Clement Freud.

I would say the sweet-spot is children between the ages of 3 and 5, but it could certainly be enjoyed by children of all ages. Anyway, we love this book which won the Bronze award for books in the 0-5 age group in the very last Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes to be awarded in 2007. It must have been a particularly strong field that year as the Silver (Penguin, Polly Dunbar) and Gold (When a Monster is Born) winners are also among my children's absolute favourites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An unusual yet simple beginning, gives the reader a great sense of anticipation and carries the reader right into the story. Dexter Bexley scooted .... (turn the page) and scooted.... (turn the page) right into.... (turn the page) a Big Blue Beastie. And although the Big Blue Beastie should probably have eaten up Little Dexter Bexley, Dexter Bexley would like to avoid being eaten so he comes up with better ideas. And so, the Big Blue Beastie first scoots with Dexter, and then their projects grow increasingly ambitious (and amusing to the reading on-looker).
My children (3-7) and I love the adventures of "Bexley and Beast: Private Detectives" which are each portrayed in only one of quaint picure each yet inspire the imagination to run wild (e.g. The case of the Solid Gold Snowball, and The Rubber Glove Affair). So Dexter successfully prevents himself being a snack for the Big Blue Beastie and at the end of this charming book it's the Big Blue Beastie who has the better idea.
This is a truly lovely book, timeless yet imaginative and the story is accompanied by fantastic illustrations, rather quirky and slightly old-fashioned, which follow the pace of the story with great flair and character. Brilliant!
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