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5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Tale - I urge parents to read this and give it to your children to read, 2 April 2012
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2012 WINNER of The Carnegie Medal, which is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

I predict this will be a children's classic; it is to be appreciated for so many things - the lyrical simplicity of Patrick Ness's text, Conor's heartbreaking story, the stark beauty and terror of Jim Kay's illustrations (for which reason purchasing the hard copy of the book rather than the electronic version may be better).

Anyone who has ever experienced mixed feelings at the suffering and loss of a loved one will understand the nightmare that Conor has every night before the monster comes calling although the reader is not made privy to the dream in its entirety until the end of the book. The author is acutely aware of the emotions experienced by someone who has been bereaved. The nuances of the characters' behaviour, the interaction between them and the misunderstandings that so easily ensue are finely observed and believable, even though this is part-fable.

I think it fair to warn everyone that having a box of tissues nearby for the last chapters of the book is a sensible precaution.

"A Monster Calls" is short-listed for the Carnegie Award 2012; Patrick Ness could win the award two years running - and why not? He's a brilliantly talented author. Whilst this latest offering is in complete contrast to the Chaos Walking trilogy, it continues to reveal the author's acute observance and understanding of human frailties and behaviour.

I believe this book can be appreciated by people of all ages, even though it is primarily aimed at children of 9+. It is beautiful. I urge all parents to purchase it, read it and give it to your children to read too.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2012 20:02:05 BDT
As I predicted, this won the Carnegie Award for an outstanding book for children - and it won the Kate Greenaway medal for outstanding illustrations in a children's book. I think this is the first time both prizes have been awarded to the same book and they are both eminently well deserved.
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