Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon with Illustrations by Dave McKean 2008 Harper Collins Publishers 978-0-06-053092-1 $17.99

Nobody Owens has been raised in the graveyard by the ghosts after he wanders there the night his family is murdered by a shadowy figure named Jack. This a gem of a book. The multi-generational cast of ghosts who range from a Roman to a much more modern witch take on the task of raising and protecting Bod. Bod of course ventures out from the graveyard on occasion to experience the wider world but he comes back home to the "people" who love and care for him. (Yes indeed, you should be seeing shades of The Jungle Book) This story is a charming look at what it means to grow up, make mistakes, and become a member of society. The black and white illustrations through out the book are lovely and help to visualize the story.

School Library Journal recommends it for ages 11 and up. Click here is their very informative review.

Review by Ann Morgester Library Curriculum Coordinator Anchorage School District