Published by Walker Books on September 27th 2011
Recommended Read? I 100% recommend this book. It's so powerful and poignant.The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
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I didn’t know what to think when I started to read this book. I knew it was dark, and middle grade, but I didn’t know much else. I liked the illustrations, and how perfect they were for the book. Dark, ink, and fantastical — just like the story.
Poor Conor has it rough. His father is a total waste of space and mother is very ill — and his grandma and him don’t get along. They are from two very, very different worlds. At school he is being bullied. There’s really nothing good in his life, and this is so sad because he’s so young.
And then the monster comes.
Something he should be terrified of — something that’s threatening and huge. Guess what? He’s not scared. He has a nightmare that’s way scarier than this evil creature. So, to try and inspire fear, the monster plans to tell Conor three stories.
Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreck?
This is a very short story. It’s 215 pages, but most of it is illustration, so it can be read in one sitting. Which is what happened with me. I didn’t intend to read it in one sitting. I actually picked it up and thought: I’ll read one chapter before bed and then that didn’t happen. Bed came late that night, but it was totally worth it.
This book is amazing.
It’s earned a place as one of my favorites. I know I haven’t sad much in this review, but I can’t without ruining it for you. You’ll just have to trust me. Conor is a character that you’ll love. Below all the sadness and pain, there’s a story of beauty and hope in it. And the ending! I dare you to read this book and not get teary-eyed.