Title: The Graveyard Book
Page Length: 312 pages
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…
“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.” ― Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
“‘Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’
Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘… Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly.”
Why did I chose this book?
Because we needed something a bit more lighthearted after the last book. xD
No, honestly, it’s because this book is phenomenal and everyone should read it.
Read it to your kids. Read it to yourself. But most importantly, READ IT ALOUD.
This is perhaps the one and only book I would advocate you MUST read aloud, otherwise it… somehow falls short. You also need to give the characters different voices and play around with it and make it fun and interesting, because it IS fun and interesting, but only if you open your mind to it and play along.
I had the honor of being at Comic Con the same year that Neil Gaiman was there for a panel, talking about whatever, answering questions, signing books, and — coincidentally — promoting this book via a book reading. It was spectacular and I KNOW it made a lot of people want to go out and buy the book themselves. He gave the characters different voices, made jokes and silly quips, but most importantly… he KEPT EVERYTHING PERFECTLY in character.
You must be utterly mad if you wouldn’t want to enjoy this book again and again, ESPECIALLY during this time of year.
I desperately hope this one gets made into a movie some day. I would be delighted beyond words. ❤
What I love/like about it:
- Pft… EVERYTHING. xD
- THAT GRAPHIC NOVELS WERE MADE FROM IT!!! (*SCREECHES* I DID NOT KNOW BEFORE NOW – GO CHECK THEM OUT HERE) I should be surprised that graphic novels were made from it, it had stellar illustrations all throughout, which bring me to my next point —
- THE ILLUSTRATIONS! Lovely, lovely things they be. ❤ Dave McKean did the story justice. I applaud you, sir. *slow claps*
- Lastly — That it’s about a boy who is raised by ghosts. I mean, what could POSSIBLY go wrong there? 😛
Warnings or Triggers
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None that need mentioning.
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(The Graphic Novels)