A Monster Phone calls is a very low fantasy novel published for small children by Patrick Ness “from an authentic thought by Siobhan Dowd”, illustrated by Jim Kay, and printed by Walker in 2011. Set in existing-day England, it functions a boy who struggles to cope with the penalties of his mother’s terminal most cancers he is repeatedly visited in the middle of the night time by a monster who tells stories. Dowd suffered from terminal most cancers herself when she begun the story and died in advance of she could create it.
Patrick Ness and illustrator Kay received the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal in 2012, the “year’s best” children’s literary awards by the British librarians (CILIP). A Monster Phone calls is the only reserve whose creator and illustrator, regardless of whether two people or one, have received the two Medals
The story opens with 13-12 months-previous Conor O’Malley waking from the exact same nightmare he has been dealing with for the past handful of months, “the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming”. At seven minutes just after midnight (12:07), a voice phone calls to him from outside his bedroom window, which overlooks an previous church and its graveyard and is sheltered by a yew tree. Strolling to the window, Conor satisfies the monster, a towering mass of branches and leaves in human condition. The monster insists that Conor summoned it, and that it will aid Conor by telling him 3 short stories. In exchange Conor will have to tell his possess story afterward.