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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator)

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Title:The Graveyard Book
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Dave Mckean (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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    heidialice: Both are fantastical YA at its best. Gaiman is an acknowledged inspiration for Mieville, and it shows, though he has his own distinctive style and voice.
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    Sandydog1: Childhood and adolescent,murdered parents, supernatural, cultural and social isolation, ghosts - any Potter fan would love this quaint coming of age story.
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    heidialice: Similar in setting, and both ghost stories, these are very different books, but fans of one should be interested in the other.

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I don't remember when I read this book, but I clearly remember enjoying the entire thing and being Very Invested by the end. I don't like everything Neil Gaiman writes, but I like a lot of it. This one's up next to The Ocean At the End of the Lane, a high compliment from me in either direction. :) ( )
  terriaminute | Dec 4, 2022 |
This was a fun, fantastical story about the living and the dead. A lovely tale about a boy growing up and problems that not all of us face. ( )
  cziering | Nov 27, 2022 |
3.75 ⭐️

This was a lovely little book! I hadn’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s fiction before this book so I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I did like this book and I’m glad I started with this one out of all his novels.
To start off, I was more fond of Bod’s character when he was a teenager rather than a little kid, but that’s to be expected. I REALLY liked Silas’ character, I thought he was great—partly because he’s so mysterious, but also because he cares about Bod so much. I also just generally liked the graveyard setting because of how unusual it was. The other reason I liked it so much was because of all the times different gravestones were mentioned, and with all the details of their inscriptions—those always made me smile.
I will definitely be reading Neil Gaiman’s other middle grade fantasies (but not Coraline because that movie freaks me out) since I enjoyed this one so much. I’m excited to see what the others are all like!

Ps, I really liked that Neil Gaiman was the narrator for his own book. All the voices he did, with their different accents attached to them, made it an even more enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend this audiobook! ( )
  EvelynNygren | Nov 17, 2022 |
I cannot explain the way Gaiman stories suck you in; you just have to experience it yourself.

A great read, that somehow broke my heart (it's not even a sad story)! ( )
  Pilgriminal | Nov 12, 2022 |
this had a cool premise and i liked how it showed the main character at different stages growing up and the different conflicts and elements of the world which were shown in those chapters. the boy raised by ghosts was an interesting idea as were other characters and elements. i liked the sleer and old burial in the hill. i do think that a lot of things could have been expanded on, there was definitely more potential for a lot of the stuff, but i guess it is a kids book and not everything has to be covered fully. i also thought the ending was a bit brief and underdeveloped and i didnt really see what role scarlet had, i thought she could have done more, but then again this was a kids book. still, i think it could have been longer but overall i enjoyed it and liked the ideas and the writing style ( )
  Arthur5742 | Nov 10, 2022 |
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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)
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.
While “The Graveyard Book” will entertain people of all ages, it’s especially a tale for children. Gaiman’s remarkable cemetery is a place that children more than anyone would want to visit. They would certainly want to look for Silas in his chapel, maybe climb down (if they were as brave as Bod) to the oldest burial chamber, or (if they were as reckless) search for the ghoul gate. Children will appreciate Bod’s occasional mistakes and bad manners, and relish his good acts and eventual great ones. The story’s language and humor are sophisticated, but Gaiman respects his readers and trusts them to understand.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rhind-Tutt, JulianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Towfik, Ahmed KhaledTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rattle his bones
Over the stones
It's only a pauper
Who nobody owns

-- Traditional Nursery Rhyme
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There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
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 is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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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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