Friday, 15 April 2016


From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

Illustration by Jim Kay

Synopsis: 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

Review:  Read before the film comes out! This is simply one of the best books I have read in a long time, I have nothing but praise for it. It is however one of the saddest I have read. If you plan on reading this make sure you have a few boxes of tissues with you!


Although I love this book so very much, it does deal with what it is like to watch someone battle cancer. If this is a subject close to you it might be best to give this one a miss. To make this story even sadder Siobhan Dowd who had the original idea for this book died of cancer herself. Aged just 47. A Monster Calls is a perfect tribute to Siobhan Dowds. Her work lives on.

I really enjoyed the Monster character. It's very much a love/hate feeling towards him. His relationship with Coner is so perfectly written by Patrick Ness/Siobhan Dowds, you can't help but read on to find out where their story will take you. I can't wait to see how they portray the Monster in the up coming film.

Jim Kay (who many people will know from his work on the illustrated Harry Potterwas involved with this book. He is clearly a very talented man! Making this another beautiful read.

Having nothing but love this A Monster Calls of course I'm going to tell you to go and read it. Just don't read it in the staff room like I almost did! You'll need a box of tissues and a cuddly cat to cheer you up afterwards.

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