Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Genre: YA Fantasy
Number of Pages: 307
Neil Gaiman is a creative genius, and even though I didn’t like this quite as much as Neverwhere it was still an amazing read. It’s the kind of book that people of all ages can enjoy, with memorable characters and strong world-building that pulls you right into it’s strange, wonderous world. Nobody Owens (yes, his name is really Nobody) is a bright and curious boy who was raised from infancy by the undead residents of a cemetery.
The structure of the book is somewhat episodic but it all leads to a showdown between Bod and his found family against the man who killed Bod’s sister and parents. I had a hard time taking Bod seriously as a small child in the first few chapters, when he was between six and ten. He was really brave and way too precocious for a kid his age.
Otherwise I liked his character but I particularly enjoyed the undead side characters who support Bod on his journey. I’ve never read anything quite like this book before, and I loved the world Neil Gaiman created. It’s a great pick for people who want a book that’s a little spooky but not too dark.