Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
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 love Stardust and Coraline. I like to read a book before I listen to an audiobook of it. Being assigned the audiobook of The Graveyard Book for a class was a perfect excuse to read my copy of it. My reaction to The Graveyard Book was similar to my reaction towards other titles by Neil Gaiman: I fell in love.

One really awesome thing about The Graveyard Book is that it’s a fantasy novel setting in a realistic, contemporary setting, with some awesome historical elements to it. Nobody Owens is our main character and a regular boy, aside from the fact that he’s been raised by ghosts. Some of these ghosts died centuries ago, making for a quirky cast of characters. Bod is very easy to connect with because he has the type of questions that one would expect a child his age to ask. I also thought that the entire plot of the novel was excellent.

Of course, what drew me in as per usual was Gaiman’s beautiful prose. His writing in this book was a perfect mixture of magic, British, and creepy. It helped me envision a graveyard that was both quaint and scary, and kept the chills running down my spine the entire time.

Gaiman has quickly risen to be one of my favorite authors, and I think everyone should try his work at least once. I loved so many things about The Graveyard Book that I can’t even list them all in one review. Lovers of children’s lit, readers of creepy stories, people who enjoy quality literature, I implore you. If you haven’t read The Graveyard Book, get your hands on a copy and curl up on a dark night with a hot drink. You’ll be glad you did.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

1 comment:

  1. This book was an absolute joy to read. It's tons of fun. Glad you enjoyed it. :)



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