Apr 21, 2021
The Graveyard Book
Posted by Neil Gaiman Dave McKean

In this Newbery Medal winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place he s the only living resident of a graveyard Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians time as well as their ghostly teachings such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.Can a boIn this Newbery Medal winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place he s the only living resident of a graveyard Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians time as well as their ghostly teachings such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead And then there are being such as ghouls that aren t really one thing or the other.The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Title: The Graveyard Book
  • Author: Neil Gaiman Dave McKean
  • ISBN: 9780061972652
  • Page: 311
  • Format: ebook
  • The Graveyard Book In this Newbery Medal winning novel Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place he s the only living resident of a graveyard Raised from infancy by the ghosts werewolves and other cemetery


    Recently, on a car trip with my little boy, I decided to try listening to an audiobook In the past this hasn t been a success He loves to be read to in person, both picture books and chapter books But he not a fan of listening to books in the car At best he s indifferent, but usually he just asks me to turn them off Generally speaking, he d prefer to listen to Mackle s Thrift Shop, which he calls The Sway Music But he s four now, with a vocabulary that s diverse to the point of being a little cr [...]


    I ve noticed that there s been an increased interest in the macabre in children s literature lately Sometimes when I ve had a glass or two of wine and I m in a contemplative mood I try weaving together a postulation that ties the current love of violent movies into this rise in children s literary darkness Is the violence of the world today trickling down into our entertainment Hogwash and poppycock and other words of scoff and denial, says sober I But I ve certainly seen a distinct rise in the [...]


    It takes a graveyard to raise a child This is a summary of this magical, sweet and imaginative story for children, which in a good tradition of the Brothers Grimm started with a triple homicide There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife Neil Gaiman does not waste time with unicorns and princesses and butterflies which are often considered acceptable for children He kicks off his book with the brutal murders of a child s entire family, written in a chilling tone that made me quickly tu [...]

    Mark Lawrence

    I read this to Celyn but the 5 are from both of us I think I probably enjoyed it than she did in fact.It s a fine book I can see why it s done so well The story is well structured, the brutal opening providing an orphan, a mystery, and an ongoing threat Thereafter the book slowly cycles back around to its beginning and in the mean time raises our young Bod, equipping him with the skills to deal with his problem.Bod s life in the graveyard is very interesting, with him learning various bits of m [...]


    I just don t think Neil Gaiman can write something I won t enjoy His worlds are so rich and visceral, his characters so unique and loveable I loved this story, loved Bod with all my heart, and was proud of him as he grew up I listened to this audiobook, narrated by Neil Gaiman, and it was top notch Can t wait for my next

    Will Byrnes

    When a family is murdered by a mysterious killer, one of the intended victims is missing, a young, diapered boy, who had wandered off just before the crime took place But the killer needed to complete the job Fortunately for the boy, he was taken in by the late residents of a nearby graveyard And when the spirit of his newly deceased mother asks for their help, the residents agree to raise her son He is given to the care of the Owens couple and named Nobody, Bod for short, as he looks like nobod [...]

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    This is how it usually goes with me and Neil Gaiman books Scene at the library.Picks up Stardust and reads back flap thinks, hey, this looks like a great book What an interesting idea for a story When actually reading Stardust bored.A couple months later At the library.Picks up Neverwhere thinks, hmmm This looks really interesting, but that s what I thought about Stardust Well, maybe I ll give him one last chance When actually reading Neverwhere stupid last chances So I was a little hesitant to [...]


    Ho ly shit You guys emmareadstoomuch.wordpressI just managed to get through a book a whole freaking book with no blatant sexism, racism, homophobia, girl on girl hate, instances of the beloved not like other girls trope, love triangles, flat characters, overused archetypes, that plotline where you discover your power and it s consuming you, gag worthy romance, weird writing quirks, overwrought emotion, social issues used to make it seem profound , apocalyptically bad characters, or plot slowness [...]

    Jason Koivu

    I ve got a doctor s appointment scheduled for Monday Maybe I ll ask what s wrong with me, I mean, why don t I love Neil Gaiman as much as everyone else After all the hype surrounding him, I finally gave in and started reading his books Aside from his collection of short stories, Fragile Things, I haven t been as impressed as I expected to be The Graveyard Book in particular I found to be slow moving and depressing Maybe that s inevitable being that most of the characters in it are dead It s not [...]


    The riproaring adventures of Huck Finn s wiser half brother Harry Potter s long lost second cousin A Mowgli doppleganger, admittedly so.When Tim Burton died , the void was taken up, wholly, by Mr Gaiman When will The Graveyard Book become a film Cannot wait to watch singin dancin ghosts, not the usual rerecycled shit from some Disney classic Hey, it worked like a charm with Coraline career art wise

    mark monday

    Once there was a little girl who lived in a big house in a strange and wonderful city in the North Her name Dove Black An unusual name for an unusual girl Her equally unusual mother took her away for the summer, across the sea I came to that strange and wonderful city and stayed in that big house In the house was a book The Graveyard Book I fell prey to an odd illness during my visit while my companions made merry in the streets and taverns of that city, I recovered on the wide and sunny porch o [...]


    SPOILER ALERT This book was entirely mediocre The plot was disjointed and very loosely woven throughout the story, and much of it didn t make any sense Details what few details there were seemed to be added at the last minute to make later events in the story make sense It s almost as if Gaiman wrote the middle first, then the beginning, and then the end I think he had a million ideas floating around in his head and had no idea how to connect them all, so he made up some stuff on the fly.Also, I [...]


    When first reading Neil Gaiman s wonderfully dark but playful fantasy The Graveyard Book, I instantly discovered that I liked it a lot When I realized that The Graveyard Book was also Rudyard Kipling s The Jungle Book, but updated to be gothic and macabre, with a boy not raised by wolves but ghosts, I loved it Winner of the Hugo Award in 2009, this is a rival to Gaiman s masterpiece American Gods This is vintage Gaiman at his masterfully fantastic best, an heir to the Grandmaster throne of Ray B [...]


    You can find this review and on Booknest.I ve now officially read every novel and short story and piece of nonfiction that Gaiman has published, outside of his graphic novels And this particular book was probably one of my favorites It was an adorable adventure, a dark version of The Jungle Book if Mowgli had been raised by ghosts instead of jungle predators Gaiman writes wonderful children s books Sometimes kids want to read something that scares them just a little, and Gaiman does that very w [...]


    Rating a 4.5What is a Halloween read without a story by Neil Gaiman I think I have made it known quite a few times of my love for Mr Gaiman This is a story I read a number of years ago, I believe when it first came out Before I started writing reviews on GR But I found the story so enchanting that I knew I would read it again some day But this time, I listened to the audio read by Neil Gaiman himself The story is of Nobody Bod Owens who grows up in a graveyard after his parents are murdered by a [...]

    Bookdragon Sean

    I read the first chapter with a massive grin on my face because it was so obvious where this book was going, and it sounded marvellous I do For good or for ill and I firmly believe that it is for the good Mrs Owens and her husband have taken this child under their protection It is going to take than just a couple of good hearted souls to raise this child It will , said Silas, take a graveyard Nobody s, or Bod to his friends, has just had his parents murdered by The Man named Jack Bod got away b [...]


    You can say what you want about Neil Gaiman, but he certainly knows how to write engaging stories.The Graveyard Book introduces us to Nobody Owens, nicknamed Bod, who survives as a toddler while his family is murdered in a gruesome act of violence Bod escapes to a nearby graveyard and is taken in by the ghosts who are condemned to remain forever at the place their bodies were buried The weird plot requires some time getting used to, which the author doesn t really allow us because the story soon [...]


    I can t possibly tell if I d love this book as much if I hadn t read it under such special circumstances, so this review will serve as proof that context matters It all started a couple of years ago in August, one of the first days of school I had a literature lesson with Grade 8, and the topic was What shall we read together I made several suggestions, and they turned them down They made several others, and I turned them down, mostly because I didn t think the books were appropriate for group r [...]


    2009 Newbery Medal winner.I m probably not the only person that would like to know the next chapter in Bod s life Even Neil Gaiman may not know, but then again, maybe he does But that s the nature of books, they end, and many times we are not satisfied, not completely What a wonderful story, what imagination Gaiman has Five stars and deserving Children s literature at it s finest.

    Nandakishore Varma

    I remember reading The Jungle Book in translation while in the fourth grade, and being spellbound by Kipling s gifts as a storyteller I remember reading the original in English as a young man and still feeling the magic afresh I had not expected it to happen a third time but it did Thanks to Neil Gaiman.The Graveyard Book is a thinly disguised parody of, and a tribute to, The Jungle Book Only, the Indian Jungle here has been translated to an English graveyard Sher Khan has been transformed into [...]


    and thats me finishing my last book for this class and i managed to read it the same day i watched coraline, so im a little gaimaned out right now this book was enjoyable it is a little episodic with overarching storyline number about a child living in a graveyard with the dead after a man slaughters his family with a knife typical newbery fare there are a few very memorable scenes, and i think i developed a crush on silas, but i have too much of a headache now for anything else maybe okay now [...]

    Maggie Stiefvater

    I have just this moment closed the cover of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, after loitering rather longingly over the acknowledgments and possibly the back jacket flap as well.I don t think I can manage a proper synopsis or review of this book about an orphaned boy who is raised by a graveyard of ghosts so I think I will just have to say that I love it very, very deeply For so long I refused to pick it up because I thought it sounded quaint and possibly twee, but it was neither It pushed all the buttons tha [...]


    This magical book was the perfect Halloween read for me Thanks toAvifor the gr8 rec This book has so much heart and warmth and at the same time it s bit creepy and weird I adore this book so much that I would pack my bag and move to a graveyard if I could aahwait.y if this graveyard has adorable Mr and Mrs Owens The story begins with three gruesome murders and the murderer searching for his last target a toddler However this toddler manages to survive by escaping to a nearby graveyard The ghosts [...]


    I m going be honest here, I have a love hate relationship with Neil Gaiman.What I love His mind and wonderful imagination for book ideas.What I hate His writing style can be tedious at times.Books like Coraline, and now The Graveyard Book are fantastic I really enjoy his young adult books than books for the adult audience.The Graveyard Book was a dark, macabre and excellent book It was a short read and the artwork in the book was fantastic Kudos to Dave McKean on some wonderful illustrations I [...]

    Will M.

    I m really glad that I gave this book another try When I first read this on my iPad about a year ago, I couldn t wait to put it down It was so boring and confusing that I ended up choosing another book right away I m sure it had nothing to do with my reading preference then, so maybe it was just a bad timing I posted a status saying that this book will be Gaiman s last chance for me I ve read 2 novels and 1 graphic novel of his that I didn t enjoy, so I said this Commemorative Edition might fina [...]

    Dan Schwent

    I pre ordered this almost a full year before it came out It was worth the wait.At first glance, The Graveyard Book reminded me of A Fine and Private Place by Peter S Beagle While I m sure there s some Beagle in its parentage, the afterward mentions the Jungle Book as an inspiration Nobody Owens is an orphan boy raised by all the ghosts living or unliving in a graveyard Each chapter in the book takes place in a different year of Bod s young life with his family s murderer lurking in the backgroun [...]

    Miranda Reads

    It takes a graveyard to raise a childNobody Owens yes, that s his name becomes orphaned at an early age when an unknown Jack murders his entire family Nobody doesn t even notice he s too excited that the house door is open and toddles off for adventure He finds it at the local graveyard The local ghosts grant him the Protection of the Graveyard A childless ghost couple adopts him and a vampire becomes his guardian Together, the graveyard and its inhabitants, seek to raise the living boy through [...]


    There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately A chilling first line And what follows is a thrilling, nerve jangling episode from the master story teller Neil Gaiman His imagination knows no bounds I will not reveal the details, even though this is the very start of the book, and if you read the blurb it will tell you Suffi [...]

    James Trevino

    I see everyone loving this book and I feel like I missed something I actually debated a long time before writing this, just because I thought it wasn t a book fitting for my age, but then again, a lot of adults seem to love it so.The Graveyard Book was a slog I wasn t only a slog but one of those slogs full of details that go nowhere and add nothing to the story The plot is convoluted to such an extent that there s really not much of a plot Just some stuff brought together by a bigger ark that d [...]

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