On a terrible night, a small baby was found in an old graveyard. Found, but not by the living.
The dearly departed denizens of the graveyard vow to protect the child from the evil that seeks him out. And so Bod grows up among the headstones and crypts.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
The Graveyard Book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2009.
When it comes to geeky books, Neil Gaiman is a tour-de-force.
Rating (5 stars)
Although this novel is aimed toward a younger audience, the characters and plots are richly imagined. Neil Gaiman plays with the macabre in this deftly woven story.
The dead are given somewhat larger-than-life eccentric personalities and the creeping sense of danger often comes from what lurks just outside the graveyard gates.
The copy I had was illustrated with large drawings that captured the ghostly qualities of the story.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Read this book:
by candlelight on a cold, foggy day.
Don't Read this book:
if you hate morbid humor.
Once you're done, do this:
Take a walk through a graveyard, reading the names on the headstones.