The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
From master storyteller David Almond comes a gripping, exquisitely written novel about a hidden-away child who emerges into a broken world.Billy Dean is a secret child. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scents of candles and incense and cigarettes.... show more
From master storyteller David Almond comes a gripping, exquisitely written novel about a hidden-away child who emerges into a broken world.Billy Dean is a secret child. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scents of candles and incense and cigarettes. Birds fly to his window. Mice run out from his walls. His world is a carpet, a bed, pictures of the holy island, and a single locked door. His father fills his mind and his dreams with mysterious tales and memories and dreadful warnings. But then his father disappears, and Billy’s mother brings him out into the world at last. He learns the horrifying story of what was saved and what was destroyed on the day he was born, the day the bombers came to Blinkbonny. The kind butcher, Mr. McCaufrey, and the medium, Missus Malone, are waiting for him. He becomes The Angel Child, one who can heal the living, contact the dead, bring comfort to a troubled world. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself — and is determined on a kind of reckoning.
Publish date: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
I don't really want to start this review by talking about the phonetic spelling, but it so colors the whole reading experience that I feel I really must get it out of the way.The whole book is written phonetically, and inconsistently phonetically (sometimes one is spelled "won," sometimes 1"). That ...
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea.I’m going to be honest with you, when I picked up Billy Dean I expected it to a kind of Sweeny Todd like story, thanks to the scissors on the front cover. What I received instead was something totally different, but definitely in a good way.The fi...
Another which should have 3.5 stars. I did enjoy it very much but my attention wandered towards the end so I can't quite give it 4. The curious spelling gave me no trouble but offered an odd conflict between the words on the page which gained an interesting oddity - and the words heard in my head, w...