Sunday, May 3, 2009

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I had never read anything by Neil Gaiman before, but when he showed up on The Colbert Report to promote his Newberry-winning children's book The Graveyard Book, he was so charming, and the book sounded so cool, that I had to check it out.

The hero of the story is Nobody Owens (Bod for short), an orphan being raised by ghosts and the mysterious Silas in a graveyard after the murder of his parents. What follows is an account of his life in the graveyard, encounters with creatures such as ghouls and the mysterious Sleer, as well as his quest to understand his parents' murder by the man Jack.

The Graveyard Book was thouroughly charming to read as a young adult, and I'm sure I would've adored it just the same if I had read it as a child. I love to walk and read in graveyards, taking pictures and imagining the lives of the people interred there, so Bod was the ideal young hero for me. It was a quick read, but I took my time in order to savor the story and the illustrations that pepper the book.

It was a sweet and engaging read that can be enjoyed by people of any age.


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