Monster begins with the line "There is a Monster inside of me. And that Monster is me." This full-colour, illustrated 40 page book makes a bold statement - both in its words and in its original artwork.
Jamie Hocking's poem Monster was written at a moment when she worried that it would be impossible to be loved and accepted. Through the writing process Jamie expressed the anguish of the shame and judgement that she experienced because she was different. But partway through the poem, she found herself exploring an alternate path. Could she accept herself - monsters and all?
Monster is a book for almost* anyone who has struggled with the self-loathing, judgement and shame that comes along with being different.
*Though it may look like a storybook this is not a children's book and contains explicit language.