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"The Graveyard Book feels like the careful work of an old craftsman."--Newsday
"The Graveyard Book is everything everyone loves about Neil Gaiman, only multiplied many times over, a novel that showcases his effortless feel for narrative, his flawless instincts for suspense, and above all, his dark, almost silky sense of humor.--Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box
"The Graveyard Book, by turns exciting and witty, sinister and tender, shows Gaiman at the top of his form. In this novel of wonder, Neil Gaiman follows in the footsteps of long-ago storytellers, weaving a tale of unforgettable enchantment."--New York Times Book Review
"The Graveyard Book is endlessly inventive, masterfully told and, like Bod himself, too clever to fit into only one place. This is a book for everyone. You will love it to death."--Holly Black, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles
"Genuinely frightening."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"I wish my younger self could have had the opportunity to read and re-read this wonderful book, and my older self wishes that I had written it."--Garth Nix, author of The Abhorsen Trilogy
"It's hard to think of a more delightful and scary place to spend 300 pages."--The Guardian
"Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying."--Washington Post
"The invention of immortal folk who readers feel they might like to kick back with may be this prolific, tousle-haired, ex-pat British author's contribution to world literature."--National Public Radio
"This brief, dark, savoury adventure deserves to become a modern classic of children's writing: it has more mystery, excitement and wisdom in a single chapter than all the soap-operatic dilemmas, empty acrobatics and moral dogmatism in those thousands of pages of Potter franchise."--The Independent
"Wistful, witty, wise--and creepy. This needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0034C8LZM
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1st edition (2 November 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 2063 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 47,371 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It sounds like it would be a dark tale but in fact it's intriguing. There is a story that comes out in the very end as to why this boy has ended up where he is, and how not only the boy is a hero but also the people looking after him. It goes with the saying it takes a village to bring up a child.
He does meet living people even makes a friend, and this plot makes the ending for the boy tragically educating. Learning that different folk and acceptable in social terms doesn't equate even though may indeed be quite nice and thoughtful souls , ignorance reigns supreme. The boy remains in a naive world for quite a long time, but his own curiosity and cleverness moves him to the right side of the path of life and the story changes quite dramatically from adventures with ghouls, witches and murderers, to conversations with poets, guardians and a live little girl. A great book for all ages , for all time.
Gaiman uses several old and familiar tropes, but he always gives them a little twist that keeps them fresh and original. His writing is always clear, deceptively simple, and frequently outstanding. He has the ability to take a common phrase and tweak it a little so that it sparkles. But perhaps the most outstanding quality is his never-failing imagination, which takes a dazzling array of forms. Nothing in this book is quite what it seems.
This story of the boy saved by the dead and raised in a graveyard is beautifully and poignantly told, and will certainly benefit from rereading.
I would also like to commend the illustrator, Chris Riddell, who is a perfect match for Gaiman's style. Just like the story, his ink drawings are deceive by their simplicity, but as you study them they reveal a wealth of character.
My 10 year old son (a good Jack) recommends this book to people who don’t get scared easily. He rates it 4 stars because he’s read other books he really liked.
I really liked reading it - it had a beautiful lilting poetic way about it, and I was just as interested in where the story would go as Jack was. I did stay up way past my bedtime to read ahead and finish it because I just had to know what was going to happen.
We enjoyed The Graveyard Book, and it was an excellent introduction to Neil Gaiman.
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An assassin of legendary reputation has been given a simple job or wiping out the Dorian family. He kills Mum and Dad, easily enough, and the little girl tucked in her bed with her teddy too. But somehow baby Dorian has escaped from his cot, slid downstairs using his nappy to cushion his bottom and slipped out of the front door that Jack neglected to close behind himself. But Jack soon picks up his trail that leads him up a hill to a grave-yard so old that its become a nature-reserve. But at the graveyard the baby’s trail disappears. This is the first-time that he has failed to complete a job and Jack is avowed that he will one day finish what he has started. The baby, however, has not disappeared. At the bequest of his dead mother, the graveyard’s ghosts have agreed to give the baby the freedom of the graveyard, to be raised by Mr and Mrs Owen (who hadn’t had children during their lives) and with Silas (the vampire) to be his godfather and bring him food. Bod grows up to learn everything that the ghosts of his graveyard can teach him, including a number of supernatural powers, like turning invisible and walking through walls. He’s going to need all of his abilities soon, because Jack is still outside somewhere looking for him.
The book follows Bod in the latter half of his childhood, though his misadventures and lessons in life (and death) from the odd denizens of the graveyard. Despite his strange upbringing and postcode, Bod comes across as a normal boy, curious about the world around him (and beneath him), bored off lessons and somewhat lonely. His friends consist of a long dead, but still young at heart and in appearance, witch and a living girl called Scarlett who has to move away after visiting an ancient tomb beneath hill. This being a Neil Gaiman book, we are also treated to a whole panoply of quirky characters, including the ghosts of the graveyard, ranging from Roman Britain up to the Victorian period, Silas, the velvet wearing vampire, and a bunch of ghouls (notable mentions, the Bishop of Bath and the Duke of Wellington). It is the vast supporting cast that really make this book so enjoyable and worth reading.
The main setting of the story is the graveyard itself, with its little chapel, Egyptian walkway, a ghoul gate and its unhallowed ground. Really, the graveyard is as much a character in the book as its stuffy and mortified residents, to the point that through reading the book, the graveyard will become as familiar a place to you as it is to Bod, and you will be able to sense its moods too. There are a few brief detours during the course of the book to a secondary school, Scarlett’s house, the Dorian house, the ghouls’ world and Africa too.
This book is pitched by the publisher as a children’s novel/YA, but the opening is rather chilling and serious. Despite the intended audience, Gaiman writes as flawlessly as ever, never condescending in tone or style, and that will no doubt be a huge factor in the longevity and universal appeal of this book. Its definitely made favorite books list and is amongst Gaiman’s best.
He is a baby.
He does not know his name.
He finds shelter in a graveyard.
The ghosts who live in the graveyard, claim him and name him as No'bod'y.
Bod becomes one of them whilst still alive. He has a guardian, Silas and parents Mr and Mrs Owens, teachers throughout the cemetery who educate him on all scholarly and ghostly matters.
But the man who killed his REAL family still needs to complete his mission and that is to kill the one who got away. Can Bod survive to live another day or will the ghostly world in which he inhabits finally shut him out forever?
This fantasy book is predominantly aimed at children aged 9 - 12 and I think perhaps less advanced readers would struggle with it, vocabulary wise but would certainly enjoy the pace of the story. There are parts of the book where the plot was certainly lost on me and it had very resonant elements of the Harry Potter series, which could be a double edged sword. Youngsters might find it good to progress to such a fantasy book as this whilst others might find it is a disappoint without much reasoned explanation for why Bod's family are killed.
The latter being what I found as I thought at one point I had missed a huge chunk of the book out as to why Bod needed to be killed. However I think perhaps with adult eyes we look for more reasoned explanations whilst as children we would simply go with the flow.
Each chapter is a story within itself and they are all page turners and it was an enjoyable read with the right amount of fantasy, reality and enough creepiness without feeling too scared to read on. A book for all to enjoy.
This book is beautifully written modern reinterpretation of The Jungle Book, only with ghosts! The story is both gripping and deeply poignant with several twists and turns along the way. The inhabitants of the graveyard are brilliantly created. Liza Hempstock, who was in her own words "drownded and burned" after being accused of being a witch; the mysterious Silas who is not really dead, but equally isn't totally alive; Nehemiah Trot, an unsuccessful poet; The Lady on the Grey horse who leads the dance Macabray, and many others who made me laugh and smile and who add their own little story to this darkly funny gothic tale.
Presentation on the Kindle is pretty much perfect with the great illustrations by Chris Riddell looking superb on the Kindle and on my PC.
Overall: 5 stars - Although this story won the Newbery medal for American Children's literature (qualifying as Neil Gaiman is now resident in the USA) it is in my opinion a very British tale. Beautifully told and plotted, I found myself totally captivated by the night-time world Neil Gaiman creates.