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Friday, March 11, 2011

REVIEW: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


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 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530921



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 Newbery Medal award last 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. 


  1. Great review. I have a Neil Gaiman book sitting on my shelf, I just haven't had the motive to read it yet.


  2. Really good book! I agree that it speaks to all ages.

  3. I thought this was a really great book - one of the best I read last year!

  4. Great review! I absolutely loved this book!!

  5. I really enjoyed this one too! :0)

  6. It's a terrific book. Allusions are, of course, to Kipling's The Jungle Books. Amateur Voice, go read your Neil Gaiman book while you still have free time. You won't regret it!

  7. I adored this book! In particular, the wolfman/vampire/mummy triumvirate. Gaiman's best work, as far as I'm concerned. Wish he would pen a sequel!



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