Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean

In the Gaiman tradition...take a situation that should be gruesome and make it a delight!

This is the story of Bod - for Nobody Owens. His parents were brutally murdered - he is being raised in a graveyard by ghosts, Silas (his Guardian) who lives among the living and the dead, and the "Hounds of God"...but don't think that this book is a cruel, dark tale.

This is a love story - the love of Bod for the parents he lost, the love of his new parents for the son they always wanted in life and his for them - the caring love of Silas for Bod and his for Silas - and the love of the "living girl" Scarlett for her "imaginary friend" and him for her.

It is also a coming of age book - Bod and Scarlet both find out how real and strong he is! A story of self-discovery and liberation.

Thank You to Neil Gaiman and to Dave McKean, applause for the hauntingly beautiful illustrations!

Product Description from Amazon:
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-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

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.

1 comment:

Meggin said...

Hey Robyn,

Great review :) I always see your link on Shelfari, but I'm too hyped up on coffee to remember to visit =D It's really cool, keep blogging :-) Yeah, sorry I tend to overdo it on the smiley faces!

-Meggin, serendipityreviews.blogspot.com

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