Written from the child's perspective, it shows how the little boy travels about meeting monsters and asking if they've eaten his Mum's smile, laugh, spark. They have collectively taken too much of Mum, and they tell him they will give it back.
This book is about Post Natal Depression. Depression is incredibly hard for a lot of adults to understand, and children find it even more confusing. This book for children makes it very clear that it isn't the child who is to blame, and nor is it Mums fault. The Monsters will give back Mum's smile and joy in the end, but it will take time before she can play and be happy.
I read this book with my little boys at bedtime last night and I wasn't sure what the response would be. It provoked a fairly big discussion about how awful it is that Mum has lost all her 'happy' and how long it wold take to get it back. My boys really took it seriously, but weren't upset by it.
This is a brilliant book for children who have a parent struggling with depression. Aimed at children from 2 -12 it really helps a youngster appreciate the idea that it's beyond their control, but it will get better. It's a very short 20 page book, and it ends with a hug. As it always should.
A Monster Ate My Mum is currently available in paperback at a reduced price of £5.99 online here and to download as an ebook for 99p.