The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Suggested Ages: 10+
Buy from Indigo
Description: 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
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 . . .
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
Mini Book Review: How does one review a classic? (Yes I know this book isn't a classic in the traditional sense of the word. ) How can one put into words the sheer delight one gets from a brilliant story without it doing it an injustice. I have always been leery of children's books that have been awarded literary prizes. Often they are more books adults enjoy than those of the intended audience. However, I had heard so many glowing reviews of this book I finally purchased a copy almost 10 months ago. It's sat beside my bed since than glaring at me to read, but I couldn't do it as I had so many other books that had to be reviewed first. Now, after finishing it I truly feel saddened that I hadn't read it sooner and been able to wax poetically about it to the customers of the Chapters I work at. This is a book that will appeal to children of all ages (well maybe 9+ as it is dark and spooky and may freak out the more sensitive child - like my Jake). It reminds me of the joy I used to get as a child losing myself in a fantastical tale. It is written by a man who obviously remembers what it was like to be a child. It doesn't pander to the idea that children won't understand the darkness of life & should be shielded from death. This is a book that should be promoted in school as kids will read and want to talk about. This is the type of book that should be used for class projects instead of that depressing crap about the prairies (yes I still have issues about this) This is the type of tale that will install in children the joy of the written word. Ok, enough, this is supposed to be a mini review - just go buy the damn thing for yourself and for your children. I am keeping my copy for Jake for when he is ready for it. Mr Gaiman you are a truly gifted storyteller and I bow at your feet!
I purchased this from the Indigo at the Eaton Centre the day before I left Toronto
Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!