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Little Monsters

Little Monsters

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Was it too much to ask that the person evaluating his mental state have at least one gray hair on his head? He has lived on Cape Cod for years and raised his two children, Ken and Abby, on his own after his wife's untimely death. Howl with laughter with Little Monsters, the monstrously funny picture book from David Walliams and Adam Stower! I skipped over the entire middle of the book and was easily able to pick up right before the 70th birthday party, without feeling I missed a beat.

Would all their secrets get in the way of executing the “perfect” party for Adam’s seventieth birthday? In the decades since those early successes, he’d become one of the foremost experts on cetacean biology, studying the population dynamics and communication of humpback whales. As I said, I was extraordinarily concerned when I saw that Little Monsters had been compared to The Paper Palace and that it had been blurbed by Miranda Cowley Heller.

The only chapters that I looked forward to were that of Adam’s (the father), as that was the only time I would get a chuckle or two. The synopsis and the authors memoir suggested a tale of dysfunctional families and mental health, whereas the cover and the authors previous fiction hinted at more of a beach-read. It’s also one of the most gorgeously artistic novels I’ve ever read, both in that it is artistic in of itself and in that it is about art. As Little Monsters progressed, the dynamics of the Gardner family became increasingly complicated, verging on being dysfunctional.

Ken was nursing old grievances, their father’s fuse was growing ever shorter, and Abby felt herself pulling away from them both. Little Monsters achieves a sense of momentum and pacing through a ticking clock counting down the months to a large event. And then there’s Steph: a new person living on the periphery, who harbours a secret that will change everything . The 2016 set story begins with the anticipation of a birthday celebration, and as preparations are made, each characters’ relationship to Adam Gardner is explored.In alternating chapters told from each character’s point of view, Brodeur brings to vivid life each individual, his or her own internal struggles and how each is unknowingly impacted by and impacting one another. He raised his daughter and son single-handedly, (who were nicknamed little monsters when they were kids) when his beloved wife died in childbirth. That was a time that put pressure on everything, emphasized the little cracks and widened them into chasms.

Now as Adam’s 70th birthday approaches, Ken and Abby have to confront secrets they’re both keeping and as it turns out, they aren’t the only ones. Route 6 was chock-full of incompetent drivers, as usual, people who had no business being on the road. There was one very damning piece of evidence that I’d hate the book, though: Miranda Cowley Heller endorsed it.The reader doesn’t get the details because the reader doesn’t need them… and the characters themselves don’t know all of them. Trapped in his own cycling thoughts and emotions, he is oblivious to the family drama unfolding around him.

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