One evening, the front door of a house is left open by a murderer, as he creeps in to kill the family.  The only survivor is a toddler, who wandered out of his bed, out of the house, and down the street into a graveyard (while the murderer was busy).  The toddler, named Nobody (Bod for short), is adopted by ghosts and grows up in the  graveyard.  He is given ghostly powers and instructed to stay in the graveyard, because it is the only place he will be safe from the man that murdered his “before” family, who is still looking for him.  However, Bod doesn’t always do what he is told…

VERDICT: This is a great book for the Halloween season.  Gruesome story line and setting, but great writing.  I loved “watching” Bod grow up and experience his different adventures, in the graveyard and outside of it.

A new version of this book has been released in graphic novel form, divided into 2 volumes. Seven comic book artists each take a chapter of the book and illustrate it, into their own version.

 

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One thought on “Win, lose or draw: Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  1. I love Gaiman and tried to read this book about a year ago. I couldn’t get into at all, though. Maybe I’ll have to give the graphic novel a shot. Good to know it exists!

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