Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Nowlan, Kevin & Parker, Rick,
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-219481-7
Dewey Decimal Number: 741.5 R961 g
Reading Level: 3.5 / Interest Level: 5-8
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live next to a cemetery? Think about it – a graveyard as a backyard. If that’s spooky, imagine living IN a cemetery! Well, that’s just where a boy named Nobody Owens lived.
Since the age of two, Nobody – or Bod as he is known – lived in a cemetery after his family was murdered. He is raised by a married ghost couple, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, and he befriends the other residents there as well. We learn what life is like among the dead as we watch Bod grow from two to fourteen in Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel The Graveyard Book.
You don’t want to miss out on this story. The illustrations in this graphic novel captures the different moods with its gray and misty white shades of the cemetery to the menacing deep blacks when Bod encounters the evil Jack who killed his family and is back to finish the job.
Are the ghosts able to help Bod survive? Or, does Jack get him? Go to your local library and dig up The Graveyard Book.
This graphic novel is an illustrated version of the same story that was released in 2008. The beginning of the written-only version is intense, but it is recommended for elementary and older readers by booksellers. The graphic novel is just that, graphic. The beginning shows the family after they have been slain; therefore, it is recommended for middle school and older readers.
This book is especially good during Halloween. I had a seventh-grade history teacher ask for a book to read as a treat to calm down a particularly rowdy class. I suggested the written-only novel. Her students were excited about the book and calmed down when she told them that if they hurried up and did their work, there would be time for her to read to them. They did their work. I told her to tell her students about the graphic novel in the library. Many students wanted to see the graphic version of the story read to them.