Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

While looking out his window at 12:07 AM Conor sees the monster take shape out of the yew tree. Troubled by things much worse than this, Conor is not frightened. The monster tells Conor that he is actually an ancient force that comes to walk on the earth when he is called and feels that the cause is worthy. He says that he will tell Conor three stories and when he is done, Conor will have to tell him one in return. Conor's story has to be the truth, the one thing Conor is most frightened about. This is a deep tale simply told. There's lots here to absorb and it is beautifully written. The illustrations are also gorgeous and fit in well with the story. Although all of it is well done, I particularly liked the mythical qualities and the zen messages of the stories.

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