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Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 32
Publisher: Harper Collins
Reviewed by: Amber R.
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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.


I've read so many mixed reviews for this book. Some people loved it and some hated it. Some really thought it was mediocre. This was the first Neil Gaiman book I've read and honestly, I'm sold. I read this book on a plane ride and I was so enthralled I forgot I was flying. It's whimsical, creepy, innocent, fascinating, and sorrowful.

I really enjoyed the main character Bod. He's a human child living in the world of the dead. Tragedy surrounds his existence. His family was murdered when he was a young child and he came to be a ward of a neighborhood cemetery. His "parents" and his guardian try to give him a well rounded upbringing. They try to give him an education. Silas, his guardian, provides him with daily necessities like food and what not. The majority of his upbringing is not normal. However, it's sweet that this whole community rallied around this little boy to make sure he's safe and well cared for.

I'm sure there are nuances that I'm missing about this book. I think a good distinction would be that not everything that you would normally think is bad, is really bad. In this case, the ghosts and the other worldly denizens are actually the good guys. The bad guys are the people on the outside. Granted, the Jack's aren't completely human.

All in all this is a stand up book. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm officially a Neil Gaiman fan. I liked the way this book flowed. I thought that there was good character development and building of the story line. The art work that's added in is amazing and definitely adds to the story. I've already started reading a second Gaiman novel that is amazing as well. I really think that this is something that should be read.

2 comments:

  1. I got this book from the library like 5 years ago, I started it but never finished it. I am going to borrow it from you! And if you don't let me then I will sneak it out of your room when you are in the shower, then make a mad dash to my car, then gun it to 88 mph! You've been warned!

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    1. Of course you can borrow. It's not mine but whatever. If you break it, I'll buy him a new one. And if you're gunning it to 88mph, I better be with you!

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