Monday, October 28, 2013

The Graveyard Book

I can't believe I did it again. I've fallen in love with yet another children's book. This time with The Graveyard Book. What is it with these children's fantasy novels that get me? Ok, don't answer that.

Anyway, it was published in 2008 and was written by the English author Neil Gaiman. This award winning book tells the story of a young boy, Bod, who became orphaned when 'the man Jack' murdered his whole family. He was 'adopted' by a ghost couple who lived in an old graveyard and raised by its 'residents'. He was given the Freedom of the Graveyard (an ability to pass through solid objects within the graveyard) but was forbidden to venture beyond it. He also had a supernatural guardian called Silas. Every chapter is spaced a few years in between following Bod's discoveries and adventures. Featured in the story are ghosts, vampire, werewolves, goblins, and other fantastic creatures and unique characters. What child wouldn't love that?

'Mrs. Owens and her husband have taken the child under their protection. It will take more than just a couple of good hearted souls to raise this child. It will,' said Silas, 'take a graveyard.' 

It was, in all honesty, Gaiman's ode to The Jungle Book. Similarities are abound but were given a fresh take and a very different spin. I first thought that because of the title it would be just morbid and creepy. But I was pretty impressed by how Gaiman kept the story interesting, funny, and heartwarming at the same time. Readers will cheer and fear for whatever may happen to the young protagonist.

I can't wait for its screen adaptation, I heard it's in the works. Something to look forward to, eh?


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