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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Book Review 2010-14)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean


The Graveyard Book does exactly what a story should do:  it takes you away to another time and place where your imagination can believe in an another world.  I can see why this book won the Newberry award this year.  This is the perfect book to read out loud to a child, although I could see where this spooky story would be best for older ones. 

The descriptions are so vivid that you can see Bod and his ghosty friends.  The action becomes quite intense as Bod grows up and starts to question his existence.  He seeks out his family's murder and with some quite clever allusions this books comes to a satisfying conclusion.  This is a must read for adults as well as kids. 

Product Description
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-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.
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.

About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly acclaimed and award-winning books for children and adults, including the New York Times bestseller Coraline. He is also the author of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, both illustrated by Dave McKean, Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess, and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Later Printing edition (September 30, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060530928
ISBN-13: 978-0060530921

Obtained From: Library Sale


  1. YAY!!!! I'm so glad you loved it because it really is just SO awesome! I'd never thought about reading it aloud to a child, but you're right that that could be a good idea!

  2. I have this one in the TBR pile....sigh....I can't wait to get to it.


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