Review: The Graveyard Book
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
(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:
A friend of mine had been encouraging me to read this one for quite some time yet I resisted. A boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts? It just sounded too dark for my liking. Finally he gave me his copy and I had no more excuses.
The book starts out with a toddler who wanders out of his house and into a graveyard, escaping a brutal killer and the fate of the rest of his family. A ghost couple, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, take the child in and, along with the diverse group of characters residing in the graveyard, raise him as their own. Little Nobody Owens, or Bod for short, is safe from the man who wants to kill him provided that he remains in the graveyard and under the protection the graveyard and its inhabitants provide. However, eventually Bod must leave the safety of his graveyard home and go out into the real world.
I think my favorite part of this book is the characters Neil Gaiman created. Mr. and Mrs Owens were charming. Silas, Bod’s vampire guardian, and Miss Lupescu, Bod’s werewolf teacher, were among my favorite characters. And of course, Bod, having grown up among the dead, has a need to seek out the living, which eventually draws him out of the graveyard and into danger once again.
If there was anything to pick on at all I would say that the reason, Nobody and his family had been targeted by the man Jack was not explained as well as I would have liked, however it did feel resolved at the end. And this certainly didn’t distract from the imaginative and creepy mystery!
This book was wonderful! It was dark and macabre and still sweet. I loved it! I am excited to share this story with my children; I can see this one keeping the attention of my 10 year old! No easy feat!