Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel Version: Volume 1) by Neil Gaiman –ADVISABLE

Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel Version: Volume 1) 192 pgs. HarperCollins, 2014. $19.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: PG13. GRAPHIC NOVEL
When a little boys family is killed, he toddles off to the graveyard. There he becomes Nobody Owens, and is raised by ghosts and a vampire. Though he still is in danger from his parents killer, he is quite safe, so long as he stays in the graveyard. Nobody doesn’t always do that, and finds himself in one situation that seems impossible to get out of. He also manages to make friends with a human child, makes an ally of a dangerous witch ghost, and discovers a powerful artifact in an underground tomb.
This was actually a fun read. Keep in mind this is part 1 of 2. The interesting thing is that different illustrators took charge of each different chapter, giving the artwork a slightly different feel for each little adventure. Fans of the book will love this story, though I didn’t find the imagery appropriate for elementary level as there is the detailed murder scene at the beginning.
MS, HS -ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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