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A Monster Calls (edition 2011)

by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator)

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Title:A Monster Calls
Authors:Patrick Ness
Other authors:Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Edition: 1, Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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Yo no suelo darle 5 estrellas a cualquier libro, generalmente reservó eso para aquellas historias que no me importaría volver a leer una y otra vez. Y definitivamente no me importaría volver a leer "A Monster Calls" mil y un veces más. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
What can I say about this book - except that it is brilliant and everybody should read it. I would say do read it in public, it made this miserable cynic want to cry. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Another outstanding piece of children's literature from Patrick Ness. ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
EXCELLENT book. It may make you ugly cry. I didn't really know much about the book until after I bought the kindle edition. Patrick Ness wrote the book after Siobhan Dowd became too ill to develop her idea. This is a children's (middle reader) "low fantasy" (new term for me, though I knew the concept). I can't describe the story without giving away the entire story. ( )
  lesmel | May 13, 2016 |
A terribly sad book without a hint of sentimentality. ( )
  TheoClarke | May 11, 2016 |
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"... it’s powerful medicine: a story that lodges in your bones and stays there." “A Monster Calls” is a gift from a generous story­teller and a potent piece of art.
added by RBeffa | editNew York Times, Jessica Bruder (Oct 14, 2011)
 
The power of this beautiful and achingly sad story for readers over the age of 12 derives not only from Mr. Ness's capacity to write heart-stopping prose but also from Jim Kay's stunning black-ink illustrations. There are images in these pages so wild and ragged that they feel dragged by their roots from the deepest realms of myth.
 
It's also an extraordinarily beautiful book. Kay's menacing, energetic illustrations and the way they interact with the text, together with the lavish production values, make it a joy just to hold in your hand. If I have one quibble, it is with a line in the introduction where Ness says the point of a story is to "make trouble". It seems to me he has done the opposite here. He's produced something deeply comforting and glowing with – to use a Siobhan Dowd word – solace. The point of art and love is to try to shortchange that grim tax collector, death. Ness, Dowd, Kay and Walker have rifled death's pockets and pulled out a treasure. Death, it seems, is no disqualification.
 

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Patrick Nessprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowd, SiobhanAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abarbanell, BettinaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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You're only young once, they say, but doesn't it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.
Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love
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For Siobhan (Dowd)
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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
I never got to meet Siobhan Dowd. (Author's Note)
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You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
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The monster tells tales
that don't behave and Conor
accepts a hard truth.
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Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

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