The Graveyard Book

August 5, 2016

Author: Neil Gaiman.


After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family… (Published summary.)

My Thoughts:

Although written from a third person point of view, the story takes the tone of the main character. It is quite simple and not at all scared in the beginning, even though narrating strange and even frightening events – the vocabulary and prose becomes more complex as the story and the protagonist progress. Definitely an interesting read.

Content Review:

Sexual content: One kiss.

Language: 1 bloody

Violence: The actual deed is not shown, but it is known main character’s parents and sibling were all murdered. A character is carried off by ghouls, and sprains an ankle. Bullies extort money from students. Character dreamwalks and gives one of them a nightmare. Character is hit by a car (is not much hurt). Two characters are killed, but it happens mostly off screen. Three characters are lured into a ghoul gateway, one falls into a grave and breaks an ankle. Character is locked up, escapes.

Other: There’s a person who refers to herself as a ‘Hound of God’ and is probably a werewolf. There’s a character that older readers will probably suspect to be a vampire. There are ghosts, and some odd thoughts on the afterlife – everybody seems to be a ghost, tethered to wherever they were buried. There’s a witch-ghost who is portrayed in a sympathetic light.

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