A Monster Calls – A Novel by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan DowdThis book is interesting for two reasons:
Ness worked in his own style, on a story he adapted in his own way, and let it go in its own direction. Yet it still managed to capture the heart wrenching drama and tragedy of a Dowd book. Her books can touch teenagers and adults alike and this story is no different. Yes, the book is about a monster-tree. But this book about a monster-tree DOES deal with serious issues. This book about a monster-tree CAN be taken seriously by adults.Like any Dowd book, it deals with subjects that are hard to deal with:
Bullying: “Harry had tripped Conor coming into the school grounds… And so it had begun…and so it had continued.”
Anger: “TEAR THE WHOLE THING DOWN!”
This is a thrilling yet moving read, full of twists and irony. The way the story is told is excellent. Children will be enthralled within its world of magic and fantasy, while adults will accept it as realistic and allegorical. The illustrations are dark and detailed; harsh yet elegant.