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The Graveyard Book

24 Sep
The Graveyard Book

This is my first post.

The Story:  Bod (short for Nobody) is not a normal boy.  He lives in a graveyard full of ghosts who try their best to raise him to be a proper lad.  Daily lessons range from ABC gravestone rubbings to fading and dream walking. Bod’s friends are witches, wraith children, and creatures that are not exactly alive or dead.   They all protect him from the murderer of his real family.  One day, he meets a live girl and the curiosity to be with the living turned into a mission to go beyond the gates.  He goes to school, scares off the bullies, and confronts the The Man Jack.  

The Review:  I listened to the audio book first.  It was narrated by Gaiman himself, which made it very special.  In the hands of its creator, it transforms into a fire side tale you’d love to tell kids on a rainy night.  I really got so into it, I had to buy the print copy (it’s difficult jogging back and forth to favorite chapters on an I-Pod.) 

I love the innocence of Bod, and then later his awareness of the strangeness of his circumstances.  I am enchanted with the characters who took him in and tried to educate him as much as they can.  And then there’s the adventures that Bod took in a weird Tom Sawyerish way – running loose inside the confines of a cemetery, which sounds like fun if you ask me. It’s almost heartbreaking in the end when Bod grows up and finally enters the outside world.  You’ll feel protective of the character and wish that he will be okay.

This is one book kids and adults will enjoy. I’d like to read this one to my nieces on Halloween.

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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Neil Gaiman

 

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