Book Review: The Graveyard Book


The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ★★★☆☆

Published: 2008

Format: Paperback

Pages: 295

Genre: Fantasy, Children’s


Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens has lived in  a graveyard since he was a baby. Brought up by ghosts, he’s had little contact with the outside world. While there are dangers around, the biggest danger he faces is the man Jack who murdered Bod’s real family.

Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favourite authors, and I’m slowly making my way through his (rather larger) back catalogue. After loving Coraline, I was excited to read another creepy children’s novel.

Overall, this was a lot of fun. The ghost characters were fantastic, a great mix of different types of people. They had great depth, particularly for a children’s novel. This also had a fantastic ending, which I as an adult didn’t see coming!

I also have to mention Chris Riddell’s illustrations. There stunning, and creepy, and fit so perfectly with Neil Gaiman’s writing.

I have to say, I didn’t love this quite as much as Coraline. But I did really enjoy it all the same.

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