A Monster Calls Paperback – Illustrated, 2 February 2012
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A haunting narrative dominated by symbol and atmosphere -- Robert Dunbar ― Irish Times
Incredibly thought-provoking and emotional . . . a complete stunner of a book which I couldn't rate anything below five out of five stars. I loved it! ― UKYA
Dark and dangerous, beautifully illustrated and even a bit hopeful. ― Charlie Fletcher, author of the Stoneheart trilogy
emotionally powerful ― Daily Express
“It is a novel that does not shy away from the harsh realities that we all have to face from time to time. As such, it is sometimes uncomfortable, often heart-breaking and always true. […] A Monster Calls teaches us about the importance of confronting the truth – no matter how unpleasant or monstrous it may seem.” ― Buckinghamshire Life
Ness creates vivid characters: Conor’s absent, well-meaning father, a non-traditional grandmother and the storytelling Monster, as sketched in gothic chiaroscuro by illustrator Jim Kay. ― Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself
Drawing on themes of love, loss and hope, teenagers will hopefully find the rage and raw pain within the pages resonates with them. ― The Independent
About the Author
Siobhan Dowd was the widely-loved, prize-winning author of four books, two of which were published after her premature death from cancer, aged 47. In 2009 she became the first author
ever posthumously awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
Jim Kay studied illustration and then went on to work in the archives of the Tate gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, two experiences that heavily influence his work. He is the illustrator of the Flaxfield Quartet and A Monster Calls, in which he has used everything from beetles to breadboards to create interesting marks and textures.
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- ASIN : 1406339342
- Publisher : Walker Books; 0 edition (2 February 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781406339345
- ISBN-13 : 978-1406339345
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Item Weight : 450 g
- Dimensions : 16 x 1 x 21 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So how does the monster achieve its objective? The monster is old fashioned and resorts to the art of storytelling. The monster hands down a deal to narrate three stories, finishing which the boy is expected to tell the truth, else be harmed. The boy is least intimidated or threatened but gives it a try. However, he is at a loss when he finds that each story ends in ambiguity, leaving him angry about the correctness of the story.
Little did he expect that the monster will create disasters around him putting in embarrassing situations. Anyone facing such tough conditions would naturally have nightmares. And this boy’s case is not different.
Ultimately we find the mother, the monster and the nightmare converge for the inevitable. As we know, after every storm settles calmness.
In the underlying thread or by a different perspective, the reader finds the monster resides inside the young boy and there’s a tug of war between the good and bad. Adapted into a feature film, the story is refreshing. Though it does not have many happy moments, it causes no depression and it leaves the reader with a sense of satisfaction. The writing is descriptive enough and gives the reader a vivid image about the scene. The illustrations in each page add to the visualisation.
The story lacks any major twists and turns and may be boring for those who prefer fast moving fiction. I recommend this book to everyone to experience the innocence of a young guy. A tad philosophical, the book is a quick read with beautiful illustrations. Overall, the book is a good read to chew and swallow.
A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness.
A moving tale of love and compassion. The story is about Love of a child for his terminally ill mother. The author beautifully unravels the mind of a young boy, Conor and how he deals with his mother’s illness. Because of his mother’s illness, everyone treats him with sympathy and caution, which he detests. In his school, teachers don’t ask him about any assignments out of sympathy. His peers stay away as if he is the one suffering from a communicable disease. His heart wants this mystery to end. His mind knows the only way it will end is by the death of his mother whom he loves so much.
Here comes, A monster Yew Tree, who makes him understand through different stories, that each one of us has good and bad within us. We all are shades of gray. His wish for an end to his own and his mother’s suffering does not make him bad. When he comes to accept this, he lets his mom die in peace.
Love does not mean to keep clinging and decay yourself, when things go haywire. Love gives us courage to accept the truth and move ahead.
Though the book is targeted for young readers, I felt it is a must read for all age groups.
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The main character, Connor lives alone with his mum in England, his father having moved away to America several years ago. His mum is ill.. very ill. Connor is only 13 and having to deal with looking after the house and his mum, deal with school bullies, deal with the betrayal of his best friend and also deal with the prospect of losing his mum and having to go live with his Grandmother who he has never got on with all that well.
In the midst of all the horrible stuff Conner is having to deal with, he is also having a repetative nightmare. One that is so horrifying he can't actually admit out loud what happens in his nightmare. Then one night at 12.07am a monster calls! He is awoken by a monster looking through his bedroom window. The monster takes on the form of a massive yew tree and rips Conner from his bedroom window. The monster keeps visiting at the same time and Connor would have attributed it to a dream if it wern't for the fact that he keeps waking up with his bedroom floor covered in yew leaves and berries!
Eventually the monster reveals that its purpose in visiting Connor is to tell him three stories. Once all three stories have been told Connor will have to tell the Monster a forth story. That story is Connor's truth. And Connor knows this is the truth of his nightmare.
I honestly don't know what to say. I was told to read this book by a fellow blogger and did so without really looking into what it was about. If I had known what it was about, I may have hesitated to pick it up. This is not my usual genre at all. But boy am I glad that I did. Although this story is heart wrenching, emotional and had me in tears by the end, it is also filled with love, family, friendship and discovery.
One other thing that makes this story amazing is the pictures. The illustrations were drawn by Jim Kay and I must applaud the man for capturing the feel of the story just perfectly and also enhancing the actual story itself by providing such eerie yet stunning pictures to go along with it.
If you havent gotten the picture yet, this book is amazing. I recommend to all. It is a beautiful story about a real life situation, not sugar coated but with a very real and very important message. Very worthy of the five stars..
I began reading it yesterday morning in work. Continued last night. Then this morning and again this evening.
I wanted to read it quickly, but not too quick. I wanted to experience every single illustration. Every single word. Every single story that the Monster tells. I also had to give myself time to make sure I didn't cry. I didn't reach the end without a tear though.
This book delicately approaches the subject of a child, Conor, dealing with a traumatic event in his life. His single mother has cancer. It is clear that she is who he shares a bond with. His dad is no longer around and when he is, he is alien and dos not see Conor, just like his Grandma, who although tries, does not see Conor and Conor does not see her. School is also somewhere where he is invisible.
The only person who sees him is his Monster. A monster literally crafted ..from a yew tree.
I found that that was such a unique choice for a monster, one that I'm going to contemplate in my mind for a while This monster, is believed to at first want to harm Conor but that is not the truth. And we find that out as we join Conor through this tale that deals with loss, love and grief.
A fantastic read. One that I can't think of a suitable enough words to do it justice.
Only 200 pages, it is long enough. Even if you're not an avid reader or enjoy reading, this book will grab you and turn you over. You'll be gripped by its gnarled, twisted hands of a Yew Tree. Dowd and Ness cannot be appreciated anymore than what they've achieved through this book.
that in order to fully appreciate it i had to get the illustrated edition which
i did and i absolutel loved it.
moving book on coming to terms with loss and moralty and how children deal with loss
and how they could cope with situations such as this which i
will not spoil but it really is a moving en devour that i would highly reccomend.