Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: September 30th 2008
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Children’s, Horror
Pages: 289
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.50)
Goodreads rating:  4.11
Goodreads summary:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

My Review

The Graveyard Book was a beautiful little book about ghosts, family and growing up. I enjoyed it immensely (which, really, didn’t come as a huge surprise, as I am quite the fan when it comes to books written by Neil Gaiman).

The story is filled with adventures. The protagonist, Nobody Owens (and for this name alone you have to at least give this book a try!), has everything but a quiet life. We see him escaping monsters and evil men, we watch as he is making new friends – and sometimes also losing them again -, and, in the meantime, there still is a riddle to solve: what happened to his family?

You definitely won’t be bored while reading this, that much I can promise you.

The only thing that bothered me a bit was that when I had read the last page, there were still a few questions left unanswered. Not in a “the author was to lazy to clean up all his plot lines” kind of way, but rather in the sense of “there should always be some things left to the imagination”. This isn’t a bad thing, though. It just means that you should not expect to finish this book, put it back in your bookshelf and never think about it again. Because let me tell you,  I catch myself quite a lot thinking about what Bod and his friends are up to at the moment.

One last thing: The Graveyard Book is supposed to be a book written for children. I thought there were some elements not really suited for this genre. I know how easily kids can get scared and a book filled with ghosts and monsters and killers is probably one way to scare your kid for life, so. Maybe don’t read this to young children. I’d say, wait till they’re 12 and let them read this book themselves.

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