The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Volume 1

Book - 2014
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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062194817
Characteristics: 188 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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Radharc Nov 04, 2015

Gorgeous adaptation of this classic work by Neil Gaiman. The change of visual artists with each chapter brought back many happy memories of my first foray into Gaiman's SANDMAN series (ala TPB). any adaptation of this book would be a great starting-point for readers new to Neil Gaiman. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Jun 02, 2015

This transition to comic format does not work, for me at least. It is likely I read the book first and have some expectations of how the character should look.

Apr 04, 2015

Really dug this book. It was sweet and wistful and the illustrations really helped to push the narrative along as well as setting the dismal but still hopeful mood.

KateHillier Dec 24, 2014

I love the original novel and the first volume of the graphic novel adaptation is just as awesome. It's a special treat too to see these characters brought to life and how that matches up with what you saw in your head the first go around. Nobody Owens' world comes to fantastic and vivid life and the story is just as engaging and heartwarming. My favourite section has to be the 'Dance Macabre' chapters. I really enjoyed that section in the novel and I love the art here. Especially Silas' reaction to Bod's questions at the end.

forbesrachel Dec 01, 2014

An adaptation worthy of its award-winning source. Following the murder of his parents, Nobody Owens is given sanctuary by the most unlikely of beings...ghosts. These apparitions, and the graveyard they live in, are atmospheric, but not scary. All the ghosts, unlike the living, are outlined in blue rather than black ink, and along with the spindly style, and desaturated hues, they capture the tone of the book. Russell not only maintains the feel of the original, but the pacing as well through his use of the layout, and carefully chosen moments. Bod receives an unusual education, primarily History and English from the ghosts, and broader guidance from the shadowy Silas. He has plenty of encounters with the living, but it is the young girl Scarlett who instills in him curiosity about the outside. As he grows he explores his isolated world, only gradually daring to step beyond the safety of the gates. This fantastical coming-of-age story starts with death and ends with life, comparing and contrasting the two throughout. Alongside the exploration, and contemplation is some mystery too. Why does Jack hunt Bod? Who is Silas? What makes Bod special? All of which come to a satisfying conclusion in volume two. The Graveyard Book is one of the few stories where it is truly worth reading both the original and the graphic novel versions.

Dimmu16 Oct 21, 2014

I enjoyed this graphic novel more than the novel. Very well written!

Sep 17, 2014

I was going to read the novel first, but then I realized I have a zillion other books to read, so I went ahead with the graphic novel. The house with the chicken legs and witch was a small glimpse of The Books of Magic, as Gaiman is awesome with cross-overs. I've reserved Volume 2 for when it's ready for release at the library. I love the story of Nobody Owens and his adventures. The dance of Macabre, the living and the dead, and snow!

Looking forward to Volume 2 :)

Also, there is supposed to be a movie made based on the story!


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Mar 26, 2015

DamianJ thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Dimmu16 Oct 21, 2014

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Mar 26, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The opening scene was too much for my six-year-old - you see the dead family with blood all over the place. The rest of the book would have been fine (I read it).

Dimmu16 Oct 21, 2014

Other: Graphic shots of people with slit throats.


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