Thursday, 21 August 2014

summer reading

Recently I finished A Monster Calls, a children's book (children's books are fantastic - my favourite, perhaps, being Skellig by David Almond) which deals with a boy's recurring nightmare and is set against the backdrop of his mother's illness. The monster in question is looking for the truth, a truth which is painful to admit and hard to tell. It is beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay whose atmospheric work adds hugely to the reading - his powerful monster has such force, a mixture of nature and malevolence. I won't give away the ending but it is a powerful and sad book, one that should be shared.

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