Friday, 5 August 2011

Book Review - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 5th October 2009
Genre: 8-12's/Middlegrade

Summary (Goodreads):

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 . . . 


 This was my first ever Neil Gaiman book and I loved every page. It’s made me want to devour every book he’s ever written.

 You meet Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens when he’s a baby and see how he comes to live in a graveyard with ghosts for family and friends. The story is told in a really interesting way with the chapters being more like short stories in different times of Bod’s life growing up, rather than one continuous story. There is still a small continuous story hidden in these short stories, so you do get a complete story of Bod’s life.

 I loved the different characters of the ghosts, and the speech patterns from times gone by really worked with them. The way the story was told was just right. It reminded me of stories I’d read as a kid and I missed that style as an adult.

If you’re a child, read this before you grow up. If you’re an adult, read it anyway and remember your childhood and the books you used to read. 

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