Review – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, from the original idea by Siobhan Dowd

Today we hear from Bookbabbler Jess..

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness, from the original idea by Siobhan Dowd

The monster showed up just 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… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

I really enjoyed this book. It was really great. I love the fact that the monster is made from a tree. The illustrations are also good. I prefer the way that you can never see Connor or his mum’s face because it lets you make your own up. It was good because you could really feel Connor’s emotions and how worried he was about his mum. You could feel how hard he tried not to let go, but all the same she till fell. I like the way the tree takes over him but then leaves Connor to take the blame. The book is really well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks, Jess, and thanks to Walker Books for sending us a copy.