Sunday, 2 October 2011

Review of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd

A Monster CallsDescription
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting— he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
My sister bought this in waterstones, and I would like to say that this idea is a great idea. The cover shows a monster and inside has great illustrations. 
Though this book is by Patrick Ness the idea was from Siobhan Dowd who passed away.. this book has such great ideas and I am so happy that Patrick Ness got to continue her wonderful work. This book was just a little bit frightening and yet emotional. I cried at two moments in the book. The style of this book is interesting and it is an easy read. The font is big and the pages are hardly covered with writing. The illustrations are wonderfully done and some were a little creepy. The illustration helped me with the understanding of the book though, so I am happy they were in the book.

The main character is Conor who to me is such a weird character if I think about it, what he goes through is so hard and I wouldn't want that to fall on me at all. He is brave, emotional and a little silly at times.

The monster is a little scary but yet very kind and helpful to Conor. He tells the tales and makes Conor know what he has to do.

My overall opinions on this book is that its captivating, amazing, emotional and powerful :D Please give this book a try :D




  1. That cover would make me pick this book up straight away! It sounds like a good read too, interesting review :D


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