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A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay I really really liked the drawings.

4 stars.

As a picture book, this was was pretty good. Not the best, not making-me-teary-or-cry type of book--but good nonetheless. It's obvious when you look at the storyline that it's not exactly for 10+ audiences; more like 13+, for those who really want to understand the premise of the book.

Conor's been seeing a monster. It's the tree in his backyard, the yew tree that transforms into a monster nearly every night at 12:07 a.m. (Oooh, a motif!)

Anyway ... This is a really easy read. If you're a fast reader like me, you can probably finish it in 45 minutes. Most of the pages are drawings, beautiful, beautiful ones, and there's an actual sense of mystery within these pages: Who has Conor's called? What is the 4th tale? What are Conor's true feelings, buried deep inside himself?

Read to find out.