Monday, June 24, 2013

Introducing Lucy Who Is Introducing Her New Love of Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Lucy says:
"The hype surrounding Neil Gaiman and his upcoming visit to the Tattered Cover in Lodo finally got to me and I had to read something of his. I don’t know how I have missed out on him so far, but am so glad I have started to read some of his work. The past week I read both Coraline and The Graveyard Book, both of which are delightfully spooky and equally enjoyable for middle school students and adults alike. 

What I loved the most about The Graveyard Book was the array of ghost characters.   Their headstones introduce the ghosts to us and then, proof of Gaiman’s genius, he breathes life into the deceased. The characters Gaiman creates are so vivid and so unique. The main character is an orphaned boy, named Nobody, who is raised by the ghosts of the graveyard. Mr. and Mrs. Owens are his surrogate parents. They are utterly endearing in and of themselves. But also because they are such a reversal of the usual ghost character, as these two ghosts are a great source of love and nurturing in the book.

This book is a great introduction to Gaiman if, like me, you've never read him before but are curious about his legendary status.  It is also a wonderful book to read with a mid-grade reader or to even gift a 5th or 6th grader with.  Don't be fooled by the spooky title and introduction; this is a book with a great deal of heart and wonder."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An endearing book. And the audio version -- Gaiman narrating -- is terrific!