Friday, January 6, 2012
Review: A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
*based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd*
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.
I really loved this book. The story is really good. Conor is dealing with the fact that his mother is slowly dying from cancer, and in his grief he accidentally calls an ancient monster.
The illustrations in the book perfectly match the darkness of the tale. It's really cool to see the monster and Conor's anger on the page.
This book was dark and haunting, sad and thrilling, dangerous and loving. It is really well done and worth checking out... just keeps some tissues near by...you may need them!