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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A Mum with a 9 year old son, enjoying life and having fun as my son travels through school life. We love to get outdoors whenever possible and make the most of the world around us. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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