A Monster Calls is a beautiful novel (I chose the illustrated book), which has been made into a film starring Felicity Jones, and is in cinemas now. I know I will cry watching the film, so I’m waiting for the blu ray release.
From the blurb:
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.
Conor is having a pretty rough time; his mum has cancer, his dad has disappeared to America with his new wife and baby daughter, he is being bullied at school, and oh yes, he is being harassed by a monster.
The monster comes to see him most nights at 12:07, but Conor isn’t afraid, because the monster in his nightmares is much, much worse…
The monster says he is an ancient God, previously known as the Green Man, and has a lesson to share with Conor. He wants to tell Conor three stories, all truths, in exchange for Conor telling him about his nightmare. If Conor doesn’t, the monster will eat him.
Conor has a lot going on, so he’s not really worried about the monster, and even hopes it will help him deal with his bossily annoying grandmother…
This book! It’s beautiful, sad, funny and true. I cried, so many times reading this book, and I devoured it in less than 2 hours, so that’s saying something.
Don’t let the weeping put you off though, this is also a very funny book, and it really brings to life how dealing with a family illness impacts on a kid’s school life. My grandma had early onset Alzheimer’s and can I just say, children can be cruel.
Let me know if you’ve read this book or will be seeing the film. If you are interested in the book I would definitely recommend the illustrated version, the drawings are beautiful and it really adds to the experience.