spReAd the love book challenge: A Monster Calls — guest post by Runa

The 2015 spReAd the love challenge for fans of Richard Armitage continues all week — to donate, and hopefully write about, one of your favorite children’s books! If you would like to join the challenge, please let me know and you can use my blog for a guest post.

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Today’s spReAd the love book challenge post is by a German reader named Runa!

indsexA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea of Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay

The story is about thirteen-year-old Conor, whose parents are divorced. His father lives with his new wife and child in America, while Conor lives with his mother, who has cancer. Because his mother has been weakened by chemotherapy, he has to take over a lot of the housework.

No one is there for him.

He’s an outsider in school. He doesn’t see his father very often anymore and he has a tense relationship with his grandmother. On top of that, he has nightmares — and fears he will lose his mother.

One night, around seven minutes after midnight, he sees a monster in front of his window. It takes the form of an old yew tree, with a frightening face and gleaming eyes. An extremely old, wise being with many names. The monster tells him three stories. “Stories are the most dangerous thing in the world,” growled the monster. “Stories hunt, bite, and chase you” (p. 45).

All these stories serve one purpose: to show him the truth that he balks at. The fourth and final story, Conor must tell himself. Now, finally, he understands why the monster came to him.

“I didn’t come to heal her,” said the monster. “I came to heal you” (p. 181).

I stumbled over this book via social media. I was skeptical at the beginning. A children’s book with such sad contents? But once I began, I couldn’t put it down. More than once I had tears in my eyes. I haven’t read such a vivid, touching book for a long, long time. Absolutely recommended.


Two more donors joined the spReAd the love fun today: jazzbaby1 (who’s blogging about a book that sounds hilarious, how could it be otherwise?) and RAFrenzy (writing about Tomie dePaola, whose Strega Nona books were regular gifts from me to my nieces and some other cute choices). Please check out their book recommendations!


indesxIn honor of Runa‘s guest post and book donation, I have donated a copy of Moon Man by Toni Ungerer to my friend’s school library. This is the story of what happens to the man in the moon when he decides to visit earth one night. My spReAd the love posts are made in honor of the Golden Learning Centre Library in Balmertown, Ontario, Canada. If you are looking for someone who needs a book, you can donate to this library from their amazon wishlist, here!

~ by Servetus on March 4, 2015.

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