This is a charming and refreshingly different book, written by the acclaimed author of Skellig. It’s about a young boy called Paul who I feel is quite a lonely child with a lot going on in his mind, even if he finds it challenging to articulate himself. It’s a quirky book set in a bit of a strange reality with odd characters, like Molly, who at first gives off the impression that she’s losing her marbles, but later you start to consider whether she is in fact a genius.
It’s a stimulating read as even though Paul’s questions and ideas are not supposed to be real life truths, it does make you think that generally we should be more inquisitive about what we learn, how we understand the world and other people.
Being nothing like I’ve read before, it’s hard to compare to similar books to help you consider whether this is a book you might like to read or not. I guess it’s less challenging and ‘deep’ as A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and more challenging then say The Grunts. It does have pretty cool illustrations if that floats your boat. Have a look at the blurb below and see if it tickles your fancy.
One of my favourite bits of the book is when Paul meets a person who lives in the moon. Many people are there and stuck – many of whom have quarreled in the past back on Earth, but who grown to understand and know each better. This character, Fortuna, who Paul meets says these wise words:
“A week or two in the moon and they revert to being good, kind people again, just like all of us can be. Huh! Maybe everybody down on Earth should be made to spend a year up here in the moon. That’d get things sorted.”