I feel like the last few reviews have been under the don’t read this category, and I really want to encourage people to read. I am participating in my work’s gift giving program. Of course I picked a kid that asked for books. The Graveyard Book was quickly on my list of books to buy. It really is an amazing book.
The Graveyard Book starts out with a grisly murder of a family, by a mysterious killer. However, one of the intended victims is missing. A young, diapered boy wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own, naturally. It’s an imaginative and very endearing tale with a fable-like quality. Nobody Owens or Bod for short is the lone survivor of the murder of his entire family. He finds protection and comfort in the oddest of places – a graveyard. The Graveyard Book is a story of murder, survival and full of dead people that somehow manages to be both dark and cheerful at the same time.
An easy, but more importantly a VERY entertaining read. It is a young adult but probably leaning more towards children’s. However, a well written book is a well written book and anyone, at any age, can enjoy this. I was not only entertained, I had no clue where this book was going. A very original story and set of characters. The ending kinda blew my mind, like that was AWESOME! I wish more books caused me to react that way. I now want to read more of Neil Gaiman. Oh so many books, so little time.
Plus, it’s won a boatload of awards. Normally, I don’t give much stock into that sort of thing but after reading this book, I wonder why it didn’t win more.