Published by Walker Books

This is a ‘good one’ as my colleague texted me, when I mentioned I was finishing it yesterday. That is an understatement. This is a story of a young boy and a monster that comes calling. Exactly what it says on the cover. It is an extraordinary book of hope and acceptance, love and bravery.

I hope that the film I am going to see on Thursday will live up to the book. I am concerned that this might not be the case. My friends, however, all say that those involved with the production of this film of this book are ‘good’, and to have hope that it won’t be a debacle.

I firmly believe that if a book comes out, and a film is then made of it – that you should read the book first and that the reverse of that statement is true too. The Hobbit, (the films) has small nuggets of wonder, (when we first glimpse Smaug and when he spins to get rid of the gold that was covering him, for example), but the films were in my view nothing to do with the original tale as Tolkien wrote it.

If it is worth making a film of a book, then the book must, therefore, be a good one. Why else would you do it?

I never understand why film producers should muck about with plots that the author was happy with when it was published. A part of the book which is intrinsic to the story – that story which was so good that it resulted in the film maker being interested in making a film in the first place. So I’m a little concerned. Never-the-less I have a ticket for Thursday and I hope, as advised, that this one will be different and will have at least the soul, the essence of the book.

If so, I will quietly cry in my seat, as I did in my lunch break yesterday, as I finished this extraordinary book.

I should have read this many years ago – but never got around to it. The film, I admit pushed me into going back to it now, and I knew as soon as I started it that I would love it just as much as I did The Knife of Never Letting Go.

This is not just a good one – its marvellous, full of heart. It is an extraordinary story.

Read it, before you go and see the film.

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