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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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The Graveyard Book (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator)

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Member:ncgraham
Title:The Graveyard Book
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Dave Mckean (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012 (inactive)
Rating:**1/2
Tags:'12, Fantasy, YA/children's, Vampires, May eventually give away, Newbery Medal, Didn't review

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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This was an exceptional book. What I thought was going to be typical children's book turned into a great dark suspenseful tale with twists and turns behind each page. I loved this story and wished that it had a sequel. ( )
  JeffreyNattania | Aug 29, 2016 |
I've not been disappointed by any book I've read by Neil Gaiman and this one is no exception. The full-cast production I bought from Audible made it even better. I've decided that all Gaiman books should be read with the ears.

The Graveyard book has several stories covering Nobody Owens as he grows from a toddler into a capable young man. Each episode covered is entertaining and kept me completely engrossed. The actors made Gaiman's fantastic descriptions and dialogue really come to life. I couldn't help but feel like I was right there with them.

The individual stories were interesting but they all brought us closer to the over-arching story line - finding out who killed Bod's family and why. Along the way, we got to meet so many wonderful residents of the graveyard, as well as some very interesting visitors.

I obviously recommend reading this one. And if you've got a young person in your life, it's safe to read it together. No sex or gory bits at all.
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  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
This is a story about a toddler who escapes his death at the hands of a murderer, and ends up in a local graveyard where he is raised by its inhabitants. All the elements were there: A star-studded cast (including Derek Jacobi and Neil Gaiman himself,) original music and, an interesting story; but it fell short of being a great listen. The pacing is very deliberate and even, lacking a liveliness that expected from a British production. Some of the lines are difficult to discern because of special effects; and the music, composed by Tori Amos is performed on a banjo (a uniquely American instrument.) It was okay; but in this case, the print edition - and the ability to imagine everything instead would have been preferable. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Aug 21, 2016 |
Wierdly wonderful!!!!! Imaginative tale! Great,fast read!!!! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
Started this book with my granddaughters. I enjoyed this story of Bod (Nobody) Owens who is raised in a graveyard after his parents and sisters were killed. I listened to the audio read by the author. Neil Gaiman is one of those authors who is excellent at reading his own works. Enjoyed the English accents tremendously. I only heard the first part with the granddaughters so had to check out the book and finish by reading the book. The author says he was inspired to write this book by a favorite book, [book:The Jungle Book|77270]. Audrey Niffeneggar also helped the author in his creation of The Graveyard Book by showing the author around Highgate Cemetary West. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 31, 2016 |
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Gaiman writes with charm and humor, and again he has a real winner.
added by lampbane | editVOYA, Rayna Patton (Jul 24, 2009)
 
Gaiman's narratives tend toward the episodic, and there are chapters of The Graveyard Book that could stand alone as discrete short stories. All the better for reading at bedtime, though, and what's lost in forward momentum is more than made up for by the outrageous riches of Gaiman's imagination
added by timspalding | editGuardian, Patrick Ness (Oct 25, 2008)
 
Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.
 
This is fine work, from beginning to end, and the best bedtime story read-aloud material I've encountered in a long time. Can't wait until my daughter's old enough to read this to.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Oct 10, 2008)
 
When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Rattle his bones
Over the stones
It's only a pauper
Who nobody owns


-- Traditional Nursery Rhyme
Dedication
First words
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
Quotations
Fortinbras Bartleby, ten years old when he had died (of consumption, he had told Bod, who had mistakenly believed for several years that Fortinbras had been eaten by lions or bears, and was extremely disappointed to learn it was merely a disease), now apologized to Bod.
“You’re always you, and that doesn’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Nehemiah Trot said, “Ah, list to me, young Leander, young Hero, young Alexander. If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
“And for that reason, if for no other, it is vital that the child be raised with as little disruption as possible to the, if you’ll forgive the expression, the life of the graveyard.”
"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you." p. 104
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Nobody Owens lost his "really" family when he was infant and became adopted by a ghost family in his local cemetery. Aside from having ghosts for parents and guardians he also persued by the mysterious man who killed his family.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060530928, Hardcover)

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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