Friday, February 15, 2013

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


What I Thought

The Graveyard Book is a wonderful and twisted dark little tale about Nobody Owens, a boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts who saved him from imminent murder as a small child. While the base story may sound a bit too dark for younger age groups, it does pretty well at keeping the story line light as you watching this young boy grow up away from the world of the living. 

While the style of writing and the illustrations give away that this book was written for children, Neil Gaiman has written a treasure that will engage readers of all ages. There is nothing too inappropriate for younger readers, but enough mystery and intrigue to keep adults on the edge of their seat as you wait for the plot to come together. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story, an intriguing mystery, or characters who are different than any you've seen before.


2 comments:

  1. Don't you just love Silas! I know I do. We saw Neil Gaiman in Tuscaloosa when Shanley was in 11th grade and Shelley was in 6th grade. We're all fans, and he was soooo entertaining! He took notecards from the audience and answered questions. Both girls' questions were answered, and they enjoyed the evening so much! Neil read a couple of his short stories, too. So much fun!

    Thanks for linking-up!

    xo,
    RJ

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  2. i have a book of short stories by him but havent read it yet, isnt he the guy that wrote Coroline? loved that movie x

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