Book Review: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

Though I am a book lover through and through, I have very few author crushes. I think I just developed a bona fide one on author Neil Gaiman, though.

I have never read anything by Gaiman (::an audible gasp sounds ’round the book blogging world::), but heard nothing but good buzz about The Graveyard Book. The cover intrigued me, as well as the title, and I finally got ahold of it at the library last week. I knew very little about the book going into it, which made for an utterly satisfying experience. In light of that, my review will be very brief; I’m considering it a service to you currently uninitiated, soon-to-be Gaiman fans.

Here goes…
Jungle Book + The Corpse Bride = The Graveyard Book. Orphaned boy, raised in unlikely surroundings by unlikely caregivers. Adventure ensues.

That’s it! The many of you who have already read and reviewed this book, do you think I do it justice? And those who have not read it yet, how long will you wait to pick up your copy?

If I haven’t done enough to pique your interest, just take a look at the variety of book covers you can find via the internet:

Book Review - Middle Grade Fiction - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The covers may look morbid (especially the second one, what’s up with THAT?), but this is Middle Grade fiction (ages 8+), and though there is some intensity (including the opening scene, which is a little disturbing), this book is free of language and explicit violence , and there is zero sexual content. It’s a great, clean read, though maybe just slightly off-kilter. 🙂

Book details:

Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Publish Date: 09/30/08
Pages: 320


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  • Jena

    I feel so left out. I love Neil Gaiman but haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet. The local library copy has a waiting list; I suppose I should go get on it.

    How do you think the audio book would play? I can get that on an inter-library loan, possibly faster than if I waited for the local copy.

  • Laza

    I loved this book. I just learned about Neil Gaiman from a friend last year and I’ve been making my way through his books. He is a master storyteller. And what IS UP with that second cover! I mean, my God, it’s a huge bloody knife! This book is for young kids! It kinda makes me laugh though.

    The audiobook for this is awesome, Neil reads it himself and he is really good at it. Also, he does the same for Coraline which is really good as well…but I do think this is better. Definitely check out Neil’s other works.

  • S. Krishna

    I really want to read this one. Thanks for the review!

  • Andi

    Loved, loved, loved it! I reviewed it for a while back. While I have a hit and miss relationship with Gaiman’s work (I tend to favor his children’s and YA by a long shot), I loved this one. Loved. Have I mentioned I loved it? I think you summed it up perfectly.

    My fave chapter was “Danse Macabre.” I thought that one was particularly stunningly written.

  • Tom

    If you can, get the audio version of the book, or listen to Gaiman read it on He has an amazing reading voice!

  • Jeanette

    I’ve never read Neil Gaiman either but he is on my list and I will read something of his very soon! I am really looking forward to it.

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