A Monster Calls
It’s a fable with fables in side.
The book itself is beautiful – illustrated throughout the images are either woven in with the text or they take up a double page and convey that bit that words just couldn’t.
For a long time it has just been Conor and his mum, then his mum got sick and everything changed. People started treating him differently and others like his grandma came and interveened in their lives.
The Monster Calls is a story about greif, and how everyone deals with it in a different way, and like Where the Wild Things Are it lets us know that sometimes the only way to release all the feelings is to get mad and do something (though preferably not to the family heirlooms).
It isn’t a conventional story and I honestly think tha tthis would be a really good book for 8+’s to read if they are having to deal with big things like the terminal illness of a loved one. They may cry, but that is also a way of letting the monster out…
Here is the booktrailer
And if you don’t believe me you can also read what Luke had to say about it here.
Award Update – June 2012
A Monster Calls has become the first book in the 56 year history of the book awards to win both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Award. It’s the second Carnegie Medal for Ness who received it in 2011 for Monsters of Men, the third and final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. The Kate Greenaway Award first for the book’s illustrator Jim Kay.