A Monster Ate My Mum:A Review


I received this book a few days ago… I have been trying hard to think about what I was going to write.. it’s a very personal subject and I wanted to make sure that I wrote what was truly in my heart , do it justice because this isn’t your normal type of review.. this is something so truly special, something that someone has gifted I feel, to those parents who have had post natal depression, post natal anxiety etc. or knows someone who has experienced it.


How can I word this to do it justice and to show my appreciation as one mum who went through PND twice, as recently as 8months ago.. What can I say? Well .. this .. and Jen, I hope I do you proud.

This book was written by Jen Faulkner who went trough post natal depression and knows exactly how debilitating it is and illustrated by Helen Baird.   It truly describes in a childs eye as well as helps the reader understand what it means to a child when they see their Mum going through PND. The book itself is aimed at children between the ages of 2-12yrs.

“Excuse me, but have you eaten my mum?I want her back, I want some fun. I want to see her smile, my mum. Is she in your big round tum?

It’s amazing how she writes, it seems , from a child’s perspective and how the words hit you hard and I have to admit I was in tears  as I read this to my daughter. I was able to  open up the conversation with her and tell her why I was crying after she was born and after her brother .. she was able to understand that mummy just wasn’t well. I feel that this book will be a necessity for both mother and child throughout recovery, because you can relate to everything that she says.

“Time is what you need my friend.Love and Kisses and cuddles send, It won’t be bad like this forever. She can and will one day get better”

Those words alone are so true, it is time with your kids , friends and family and there is light at the end of the tunnel and you do make it through. Each of our journey’s are different, unique and individual but we all share the same fear that it won’t end but it does because we want it to. We have inner strength.

If you know anyone who is going through post or prenatal depression/anxiety, please do give this a read. It’s an amazing resource that will open up the dialogue and may also help save a life.

Follow @instinctivemum on twitter, have a look at her website instinctivemum and http://amonsteratemymum.wordress.com and her book can be bought here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/jen-falkner/a-monster-ate-my-mum/paperback/product-21257893.html

Also, if you wish to discuss anythign about her journey of PND, please email her @ instinctivemum#’gmail.com






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2 thoughts on “A Monster Ate My Mum:A Review”

  1. Oh wow, I welled up just as those quotes. I made the decision a few weeks ago to explain my depression to Half Pint…it was tough, but it was the right thing to do. I wish I’d had a book like this to share with him when he was younger. I think I may try to get hold of a copy for Mini Milk when he is older, so he can understand earlier than Half Pint was able to why his mummy is sometimes hard to reach.

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