Perfectly-paced storytelling from Neil Gaiman and stark illustrations from Dave McKean combine to make this a fantastic, enjoyable quick read. I have always found that McKean's art evokes imagery from Gaiman's tales incredibly well, with their sharp, almost woodcut-seeming black lines, and this is certainly the case in The Graveyard Book, as in Coraline.
Though the story opens with serious action, it takes a bit of reading before one becomes truly absorbed by the tale and the plight of the main character. Gaiman's deep, witty humor manifests right away, though, notably in the names (or lack thereof) of the characters and the silly ghosts of the graveyard.
A man called only "the man Jack" is hired to kill a family, and he almost succeeds, but for a bumblingly intrepid baby that escapes into a haunted graveyard nearby. The book follows Nobody Owens, or Bod for short, as he grows up as the only living person in a graveyard inhabited by all sorts of ghosts. This is a fantastic twist on the coming-of-age story, and things do not play out just as you would expect from such a tale, which is wonderfully refreshing.
This book is sure to captivate readers aged about 10 and up. Bod is an excellent character to follow through childhood, and Gaiman imagines some intriguing and creative mythology and lore that add to the fascination for older readers in particular. The tale is dark, to be sure, but told with whimsy, self-awareness, and creativity that keep it original rather than overdone.
Graveyard has a timeless quality to it, and deserves the awards it has won so far.
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with perhaps a literary nod to C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft. At the beginning of the story a murder happens which leaves the lone survivor-a male toddler-moving out into the open towards a cemetery which is inhabited by a band of spirits from all generations. Once in the graveyard, … more
I've always been fond of slightly dark fantasy adventures about children, whether written by Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, or J.K. Rowling. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is certainly of that same vein and is worthy to sit upon the bookshelf among those authors mentioned above. The novel is a Gothic coming of age story, modeled on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and tells the story of a young boy, Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was a baby and as a result … more
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with perhaps a literary nod to C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft. At the beginning of the story a murder happens which leaves the lone survivor-a male toddler-moving out into the open towards a cemetery which is inhabited by a band of spirits from all generations. Once in the graveyard, the spirit … more
First I want to say how wonderful it was to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate this audio. I love his wry humor and wit, and this book doesn't disappoint. The Graveyard Book was like a darker combination of Harry Potter and the Jungle Book. A coming of age story where a small boy Nobody Owens finds himself orphaned and being raised by a graveyard full of ghosts and 1 possible vampire (this is never really made clear) while being hunted by an assassin with a keen sense of smell. I was … more
The concept of this story is refreshingly unique considering the current trend of writing about monsters and death. The life of the protagonist as he grows up in the graveyard, makes for an interesting story, but the other characters are what make this book a must read. The book also takes the reader into other worlds as we travel along learning life lessons with Nobody Owens. This book is not just for kids, its a great read for all ages.
Pros: Interesting idea. Cons: Weak storyline. The Bottom Line: If this were a meal, it would be missing a lot of meat and potatoes. Sometimes I wonder if I must be missing something when it comes to some of the books I read. I enjoyed Hyperion while everyone around me went nuts trying to read it. American Gods grated endlessly on my nerves while others raved about it. I guess in the end it just depends upon … more
This is a an engaging, interesting story. I was always together with Bod. The ending in a way disappointed me, but it also made me feel food since it was unexpected and that's what you expect from great writers.
The Graveyard Book is a young adult fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. The story is about a boy named Nobody Owens, whose family is killed by a mysterious man named Jack, and who is subsequently adopted and raised by the occupants of an old graveyard. Gaiman's first full-length children's novel since the bestselling and widely acclaimed Coraline, The Graveyard Book won the 2009 Newbery Award.