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Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place he s the only living resident of a graveyard Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians time as well as their timely ghostly teachings like the ability to Fade Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead And then there are things like ghouls that aren t really one thing or the other This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman s first full length novel for middle grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman s legion of adult fans. When first reading Neil Gaiman s wonderfully dark but playful fantasy The Graveyard Book, I instantly discovered that I liked it a lot When I realized that The Graveyard Book was also Rudyard Kipling s The Jungle Book, but updated to be gothic and macabre, with a boy not raised by wolves but ghosts, I loved it Winner of the Hugo Award in 2009, this is a rival to Gaiman s masterpiece American Gods This is vintage Gaiman at his masterfully fantastic best, an heir to the Grandmaster throne of Ray Bradbury but a classic in its own right. Recently, on a car trip with my little boy, I decided to try listening to an audiobook In the past this hasn t been a success He loves to be read to in person, both picture books and chapter books But he not a fan of listening to books in the car At best he s indifferent, but usually he just asks me to turn them off Generally speaking, he d prefer to listen to Mackle s Thrift Shop, which he calls The Sway Music But he s four now, with a vocabulary that s diverse to the point of being a little creepy I taught him cruft yesterday So I plugged in the Audio of Gaiman s Graveyard book For those of you who don t know, Gaiman reads his own audiobooks often than not Lovely accent aside, he s fucking amazing at it Really irritatingly good We listened to it for about 10 minutes or so, then I heard him saying, Dad Dad from the back seat I sighed and turned it off, I expected him to tell me that this was boring and we should stop Or that he wanted to listen to the Sway Music or one of his, as he puts it Kid CD s But it wasn t anything of the sort, instead he said Dad I m listening to the story and I can see the pictures in my head Really I asked Yeah, he says It s like a movie I couldn t be happier Neil Gaiman as his first audio My boy has good taste What does it look like in your head I ask There s a hill, and on the top of it there is a fence and a graveyard We talk about the story for a little bit He s slightly confused on some points he thinks the boy s name is Jack, and he thought that the man who was coming to hurt the boy was invisible except for his hand Which is understandable, given the way Gaiman describes things, focusing on the hand and the knife But generally he was getting it More importantly, he was enjoying it I know this because for the next couple days, whenever we got into the car, he asked if we could listen to the story of the boy that lived in the graveyard Yes, yes we can. A 83% Very Good Notes A bit too short, and the illustrations don t really work Still, it s a fun, light and whimsical take on its macabre milieu. I read this to Celyn but the 5 are from both of us I think I probably enjoyed it than she did in fact.It s a fine book I can see why it s done so well The story is well structured, the brutal opening providing an orphan, a mystery, and an ongoing threat Thereafter the book slowly cycles back around to its beginning and in the mean time raises our young Bod, equipping him with the skills to deal with his problem.Bod s life in the graveyard is very interesting, with him learning various bits of magic and magical lore from the dead With hundreds of ghosts spanning several thousand years there s all manner of opportunity for interest and I enjoyed Bod s interactions with them.We watch Bod grow up, be educated, and make ventures into the living world The whole thing crept up on me I was gently entertained throughout but by the end I found myself really caring about the story.The end was really quite emotional in that Toy Story III sort of leaving the nest way that punches parents in the gut I think Celyn got a bit irritated as I kept pausing to gather myself to read the next line.Anyway A curious and highly entertaining book thick with inventiveness and written with deceptive skill Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..