The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman *Alexa’s Review*

Posted July 29th, 2016 by in *Review / 1 comment

banner-review1-300x127The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman *Alexa’s Review*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Published by HarperCollins
Genres: Children's Books
Format: Paperback
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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...

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

2 Stars

I was very excited to start this book because I know that Gaiman is loved by many readers. Plus Johnny really wanted me to get around to reading this because he really enjoyed it.

When I started the book I was enjoying it because it had nice dark illustrations to go with the story and the storyline sounded really interesting since a young boy has to deal with the fact that his family was killed and that he has to go live with ghosts that are not fully able to take care of him.

After the exciting beginning to this story I felt that the book just dragged on and on. It didn’t seem that exciting that this poor boy was basically forgotten in this sad looking graveyard full of dead people who didn’t know what to do with a living boy. There were a few adventures and one small friendship but I just felt like the story had no emotion, no heart, and no real plot line. The plot just seemed a bit out there and crazy. Nothing really made sense even at the end when they were explaining where everyone was from.

Overall, this book wasn’t really for me. I didn’t feel anything while reading this and I didn’t really connect with any of it. It seemed like an extended ghost story to tell children before bed. However, the story just never reached an ending and even when it did I found I didn’t care what the ending was.

Alexa

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