| Quote #1
"Don't be stupid," he told himself. "You're too old for monsters." (1.15)
Do you think there's actually an age at which you're too old for monsters? Teens might not believe any more that there are monsters in the closet or in the bed, but they still like horror movies and ghost stories and sleepover séances.
| Quote #2
The voice had a quality to it, a monstrous quality, wild and untamed. (1.22)
The monster says stories are wild, so it makes sense that its voice should also be wild. It's a more effective storyteller that way.
| Quote #3
The rest of the tree gathered itself into a spine and then a torso, the thin, needle-like leaves weaving together to make a green, furry skin that moved and breathed as if there were muscles and lungs underneath. (1.36)
This is such a wonderful, creepy description. If the monster's body is made of branches and its skin is made of leaves, what might its muscles and lungs be made of?