Book Reviews

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

71Vwvp8-XfLEdition: Paperback, 327 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Literature
Published September 28th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published September 30th 2008)
Rating: ★★★★★

IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.

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, a gateway to abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible fleet. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will be in danger from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family.

REVIEW

“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure…

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”

You can never go wrong with a Neil Gaiman book. Being able to combine imagination and reality is a real work of art. It has its mixture of sweetness, whimsy, sadness, suspense, adventure and (let’s not forget) creepy elements creating a unique and unforgettable story which appeals both to children’s and adults.

This book is about a boy named Nobody “Bod” Owens who was raised in a… Graveyard. Now who wouldn’t be interested to read about that. Being raised by ghosts a thousand years old made Bod’s life very different compared to other kids. He finds himself in many interesting places, tricky situations, and meeting an array of fascinating and interesting characters.

Bod was a great character. He was smart, resourceful, observant, loyal, brave, mischievous, curious who asks a TON of questions. Reading thru Bod’s perspective gave me the feeling of being inside that book going along with him in his many adventures and journeys. It made me want to be a kid again. Growing along with him and having all this possibilities and discoveries. Letting lose all your imaginations and believing, once again, in magic.

Some other characters I absolutely loved was Silas (Bod’s guardian) and Mr. and Mr’s Owens (Bod’s graveyard parents). Even though they were not related to Bod they treated him like a real part of the family. This just shows that you don’t have to be blood related to someone to call them your family. You just have to have that one important thing… unconditional love for one another.

The ending was amazing. It was bittersweet and it left my heart full with happiness as well as sadness. I think I even shed a tear or two when Bod was saying his last goodbye’s to Silas and his mother.

It was a beautiful growing up tale about finding love in the most unexpected places and of letting go and leaving someone behind in order to continue on with life and move forward.

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