Conor is thirteen years old and his mom has cancer. That’s why a monster shows up at his window when it’s 12.07 at night. This monster wants to tell three stories and get one in return when he has told these stories. The monster is a tree that has been standing in his garden for a long time, and has known many people.
Conor is such a sweet character, well, most of the characters are. He doesn’t want to accept everything that’s happening, but he has nightmares that show him his biggest fear. He wants his mom to be better, to live! But he can’t give her that and it makes him sad. I could really feel his fear, and even though it started out slow for me, I thought it was a great story.
I really liked the fact that the monster told stories to Conor, they teached him something that he didn’t want to know; everything has more than one side. There are people that he thinks are bad, but might not be in the stories.
The illustrations in this book were beautiful and they were a great addition to this story. It made the reading experience so much better! They fitted perfectly in the story and I loved that you could still see parts of it on the few pages after and before every illustration.
There were definitely a few tears at the end of this book for me. It was sad, but also so beautiful!
You should definitely read this if you like short, but emotional reads. And of course if you like stories with a kid as main character, or if you like some kind of “fairytale”-ish stories.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.