The Plot: Conor's mum is dying. One night a monster comes to call, he will tell three stories and in return expects Conor to tell the final tale.
Rating: ««««¶ (4/5)
Siobhan Dowd dies of cancer before completing this story, so the novel was completed by Patrick Ness. This gives the novel added poignancy, and the narrative is sad enough as it is. I'm not ashamed to admit I had a little cry.
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A Monster Calls is illustrated by Jim Kay and his artwork is absolutely stunning. It's so textured, it almost looks etched. He has recently been commissioned to illustrate the Harry Potter series, and I'm really intrigued to see it.
The book as a fairytale quality to it. The monster's three stories have ambiguous messages, and for book that is illustrated in monochrome, the message is not black and white.
There's something about Jim Kay's illustrations that remind me of my fav street artist Phlegm. I think it's because they are both have minuscule detail and look tactile.