A Monster Ate My Mum

A Monster Ate My Mum – a book review

I’ve battled depression on and off for years, luckily I avoided post natal depression, but have friends how haven’t.  I was quite intrigued to see how the subject on PND could be tackled in a children’s story book.  Well Jen Faulkner, a Mum who has suffered PND herself has written a book doing just that – A Monster Ate my Mum.  Quite an apt title for anyone who has lived through depression of any sort!

A Monster Ate My MumA Monster Ate My Mum is a 18 page paperback book, with lovely watercolour illustrations from Helen Braid.  It tells the story of a little boy who desperately wants his Mum back – the happy, smiley Mum he once had.  He confronts a number of monsters on his journey to find his Mum.  Who has eaten her?  Where has she gone?

I thought the subject was tackled very cleverly, and I could really relate to it myself.  I was a little concerned that a nearly 4 year old Monkey would get rather upset about Monsters eating Mummy’s, but he took it in his stride.

A Monster Ate my Mum

The book is aimed at children from 2-12 years of age, there is a fair bit of rhyming text and Monkey wanted a thorough explanation of what ‘spark’ meant.  I liked the fact that he was clearly thinking about what I was reading to him, even if he didn’t understand everything, yet.

A Monster Ate my Mum Jen Faulkner can be contacted on Twitter as @MonsterAteMyMum or you can visit the blog for more information.  I view A Monster Ate My Mum as a useful tool in tackling PND in the home and giving children a starting point for discussion. A Monster Ate My Mum is currently offered at a reduced price of £5.99 – you can get your copy here.

disclaimer:  we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments however remain our own honest opinions.

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