The Monkeyface Chronicles

Topics: Novel, Fiction, Cory Doctorow Pages: 2 (640 words) Published: January 9, 2013
For my verbal-visual collage, I chose to read the book The Monkeyface Chronicles by Richard Scarsbrook. Richard is a Canadian author who attended Western University where he earned an Honours BA in history. He also attended U of Ottawa and received his Bachelor of Education. Richard published his book the Monkeyface Chronicles in 2010. I chose to read this book for my project because it was recommended by the library staff at NT. Also, the novel won the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award in 2011. The White Pine Award is an annual literature award that has awarded young adult novels since 2002. Other books like Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin have also received White Pine Awards. The Monkeyface Chronicles is a fictional novel about a young boy named Philip who suffers from an extreme facial deformity. All the other kids make fun of Philip and call him names like ‘Monkeyface’. While Philip suffers through his deformity and constant bullying from his peers, his twin brother, Michael is athletic, popular and good-looking. When a serious hockey accident leaves Michael paralysed, the roles of the two brothers are ironically switched and they learn things about each other and themselves that they didn’t know before. In my collage, I decided to choose the red background because red symbolises strength. Throughout the whole novel, both Philip and Michael have to be strong and stand-up for themselves and each other. One major theme of the novel is ‘just because someone looks different, doesn’t mean that they are incapable.’ This is a large theme of the book because although Philip has a deformity that makes people think he isn’t capable of doing anything; Philip is still very much capable and just wants to be treated like a normal boy his age would be treated. This theme is shown through my collage because I included a picture of Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking has a motor neuron disease which leaves him almost completely...
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