THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
The Graveyard Book is a young adult fantasy novel by the English author Neil Gaiman, simultaneously published in Britain and America in The Graveyard. Buy The Graveyard Book Children's ed by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery. The Graveyard Book book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wand.. .
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The Graveyard Book tells the unforgettable story of Bod (Nobody Owens), a baby who finds a new home in a graveyard following the murder of his family. The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil. The original hardcover edition of a perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to.
The Graveyard Book
It was first published in , and is packed full of awesome illustrations by Dave McKean. It won the Newbery Medal in , has been translated into a bunch of languages, and is loved by kids and adults!
He almost always writes science fiction and fantasy, and writes graphic novels and comics, including The Sandman which had 75 issues. Our point is, if you want more Gaiman, you can definitely have more Gaiman. As you might have already guessed, Gaiman admits that he was really, really into The Jungle Book the story of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle; you might know it from the Disney movie and it gave him the idea for The Graveyard Book.
His story is a lot sadder.
He talks about it in his Newbery Medal acceptance speech. It seems that he would have set this story in the library, but those mean librarians did not allow him to do so: […] librarians tell me never to tell this story, and especially never to paint myself as a feral child who was raised by librarians; they tell me people will misinterpret my story and use it as an excuse to use their libraries as free day care for their children.
It expresses a deep love for books and for reading, and seems to inspire the same in its readers. But none of that is the real inspiration for the story. It took Neil Gaiman over twenty years to turn that idea into The Graveyard Book, and not because he thought it was a dumb idea — it just took him that long to become the writer he needed to be in order to write the story we have before us.
We hope you enjoy all his hard work. We sure did. One day every 80 years or so which is probably not coincidentally about once in a human lifetime , white flowers bloom in the graveyard and The Grim Reaper leads a dance between the living and the dead.
Even people who are not aware that ghosts exist proceed about like this is normal, but the living cannot remember it after it happens and the dead are forbidden from talking about it with the living. Those who are not living or dead, such as Silas, cannot participate in the Danse Macabre and Bod questions him about the sheer BLAM-ness of it after he finds out that none of the ghosts will discuss the events of the previous night.
Bittersweet Ending : Bod defeats the Man Jack and grows old enough to leave the graveyard, to explore the world to his liking. However, he no longer has a proper home and his childhood friend Scarlett has forgotten about him. Also, Mrs. Lupescu pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to save him.
Chameleon Camouflage : Being raised by ghosts, Bod does it very well. Crapsaccharine World : The world of ghouls. Chekhov's Armory : Every bit of the graveyard comes in handy when Bod has to outwit the Jacks The overgrown part of the graveyard serves as a natural trap for the first Jack, who has a silken cord.
The ghoul gate sucks in two of the Jacks, and Bod gives them a chance to live instead of getting crushed by the closing door. The Sleer "protects" Jack Frost as his master, dragging him into the earth.
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Chekhov's Skill : Bod's ability to "fade," or turn invisible. When Jack Frost corners him in the house, this ability buys him enough time to escape with Scarlet to the graveyard. Crazy-Prepared : Mrs Lupescu makes Bod learn among other things how to shout for help in every language of the world and some from beyond for example, in Night Gaunt.
Naturally, this comes in handy.
Dark Is Not Evil : The ghosts are as kind as the living. The vampire, werewolf, ifrit, mummy, and witch ghost are also nicer than they sound. His acclaimed first novel, Coraline was clever and technically proficient, but lacked heart, as did Stardust.
This one has it in spades, and in the strangest places. Gaiman begins with one of the great opening sentences "There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife" , and quickly introduces a very relatable protagonist, a boy who grows from 18 months to 15 or so years, increasing his power and confidence but retaining the innocence of one who doesn't know the world.
He gives him touching relationships with his ghostly parents and vampiric guardian, and though he has some scary adventures with ghouls and snake-like tomb guards, the graveyard world is never nearly as frightening as that of the living, especially to a boy who has been raised there.
By adding a bit of heart and soul to his already brilliant writing, Gaiman has raised his game considerably.
The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about this book and The Jungle Books, which the author says influenced him.We are deep in Neil Gaiman territory here, and it's hard to think of a more delightful and scary place to spend pages.
Share via Email The Graveyard Book begins, as so many children's novels seem to do these days, with a multiple murder.
The community of the dead in the graveyard hide the boy from the killer, and the shady Silas - not quite dead, but not quite alive either - takes the man Jack aside, escorts him calmly out of the graveyard and erases his memory.
The dead there take him in, and dub him Nobody Owens although his friends call him Bod. Eldritch Abomination : The Sleer.
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