Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Graveyard Book

So today I was chatting with my son's nanny about good books she can read to some of the kids and I was reminded of one of my favorite kids books, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

I love love love this book and I bet anyone else who reads it will too.

It's great for kids and adults alike.

Here's the Amazon review:

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

If you haven't read this book, get it! You will love it.

If you have read it, what did you think of it?

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of it! But I'm totally interested now. What age is appropriate to read this to?