Neil Gaiman uses his rich storytelling imagery to open our imaginations up to the fantasy world he creates in our narrator's world. As Neil Gaiman weaves his tale of the summer that Ursula Monkton, monster, took over the life of the our narrator, we start to get afraid for him. Ursula is evil incarnate and we watch her use our young narrator's family for her own gains and to destroy the world as they know. it. Our young hero turns 7 and learns that he can be braver than he imagined. As you get lost in vivid descriptions of the story you will realize that the "monsters" and "events" relate to real life situations. Our narrator had to overcome being nerdy and shunned by this fellow students to come to the realization that he could stand up to the bad things that happened to him and control his own future.