Books with pictures aren't just for kids, and there's ample evidence to be found in A Monster Calls. It was published in 2011 and credited to Patrick Ness as the writer and illustrator Jim Kay, all from a story by Siobhan Dowd who sadly passed away before she could put it together.
It's the story of a boy called Conor who is dealing with his mother's illness and that's all the story set up you're going to get. It's a wonderful book and is about to be the subject of a major adaptation which looks absolutely spectacular.
The symbolism of the boy and his monster is rich and evocative, and finds a perfect voice in the great Liam Neeson. Director J.A. Bayona conjures up some immense imagery from the source material, with bursts of a colourful fantasy world mixed with the dull tones of reality and the looming shadow of the Monster.
It all looks rather brilliant and there's a great cast too including Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Sigourney Weaver, with a script by author Patrick Ness.
A Monster Calls is out in the States in October but Irish folks will have to wait til January 2017 to see it.