A Monster Calls Resources
If you loved A Monster Calls, you'll definitely want to read author Patrick Ness' diary.
Check out Jim Kay's illustrations and preliminary sketches for A Monster Calls, including a print he made from a breadboard.
Just in case you didn't already think she was cool enough for thinking up A Monster Calls, she also started a trust to provide books to disadvantaged kids in the U.K.
Articles and Interviews
Check out this beautiful summary of the book and tribute to Siobhan Dowd by Jessica Bruder, who was once her intern.
In which an oncologist praises A Monster Calls.
How exactly did A Monster Calls come about? The author and illustrator explain it all for you, and it's a doozy of a story.
Patrick Ness and Jim Kay took home a couple of mega-medals for A Monster Calls, winning both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, Britain's highest honors for children's lit and illustration. If you need them, they'll be over here being awesome.
Patrick Ness chills with an interviewer at the 2012 London Book Fair.
… and gives an interview to Candlewick Media, the book's U.K. publisher. Enjoy the accents!
St. Michael's Church in Conway County, North Wales, has a big, scary yew tree in its graveyard. It's okay if it comes to life as long as it doesn't eat brains.
We love this Jim Kay drawing of the yew tree monster arriving at Conor's house for the first time. But seriously: how was this kid not terrified?