A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
Published: May 5th 2011, Walker Books Ltd
Genres: YA, horror, contemporary
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Original idea: Siobhan Dowd
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
+ The illustrations. Oh, they were stunning. It was a nice change to read a story and have illustrations to accompany the words throughout. I’ve never really been a fan of graphic novels, and so I thought this was a good way to get drawings in without getting rid of the text! The illustrations fit the story perfectly, and for me they added more spook to it! I’ve included a couple of photos below just to show how beautiful they are!
+ The message. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite understand what the monster was and what message he was trying to get through to begin with. I’m not sure if that’s just me being slow, or whether it was written that way. Anyway, when I realised what exactly was going on, the message was deep, and I was in tears by the end of it!
+ I could relate to Conor and what he was going through. Maybe not exactly, but I’m sure everyone has had something that they didn’t want to face, whether that be something at school, parents, an illness or something else. I really felt for him.
+ I’m struggling to find a bad. It’s not a happy story, so I guess if you want to be happy at the end then it’s not for you!
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