Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Billy and the Beast

Billy and the Beast

by Mark Warner
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While out on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble… a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast! He’s making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat’s friends!

Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)… Join quick-thinking Billy on her mission to defeat the Terrible Beast (and save those adorable little bunny rabbits, too).


  • Can you make up some other story titles that follow a similar format and use alliteration (e.g. Danny and the Dentist, Emily and the Elephant)? Could you write a story based on one of your titles?
  • Before reading the story, look at the characters on the back cover. Who are they? How might they be involved in the story?
  • Look at the use of punctuation throughout the book. Can you find exclamation marks, apostrophes, inverted commas and ellipses? How (and why) have they been used in each place?
  • Retell the story from Billy’s (or Fatcat’s) point of view.
  • Write a diary entry from the Beast’s point of view.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to add to the illustrations at different points.
  • Discuss what you think might happen after “It was a perfectly lovely day. But suddenly there was a TERRIBLE RUMBLE…” Could you use this as the starting point for a new story?
  • Write a recipe for the Terrible Soup.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Write a sequel to this story. How might the Terrible Beast try to get his revenge?
  • Watch this read-along version of the story, read by the author.

  • In the following video, Nadia Shireen answers some questions about the book. What other questions would you like to ask her?


  • Plan a healthy and an unhealthy meal for the Terrible Meal. Which do you think he would prefer?


  • Use publishing software to design a menu for the Terrible Beast’s meal.
  • Design a game in which Billy has to escape from the Beast, who is chasing her.

Design Technology:

  • Design a bag for Billy to store things, so she doesn’t have to keep ‘all sorts of stuff in her hair’.
  • Design some packaging for the Terrible Beast’s Terrible Soup.
  • Design a trap to catch the Terrible Beast.


  • Redraw some of the illustrations to show what the Beast can see at different points in the story.
  • Look at the illustrations on the final page. Could you create some sunset pictures that show a character in silhouette?
  • Draw your own illustrations of Billy, Fatcat or the Beast. Can you draw them with different facial expressions and body language?


  • Compose short melodies that could be played at different points in the story, e.g. when Billy and Fatcat are walking through the forest, when they are captured by the Beast, and when the Beast bounced down the hill.


  • Create a map that shows Billy’s route through the forest. Add labels to show the different events that happened in each location.


  • Billy played a trick on the Terrible Beast. Why?
  • Have you ever played a trick on a friend or family member? How did this make you (and them) feel?
  • Billy saved the lives of the forest animals. What might they say to her? Have you ever helped somebody?

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