The Graveyard Book
- Number of Pages: 336
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a typical boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't reside in a graveyard, becoming raised by ghosts, using a guardian who belongs to neither the globe with the living nor the dead. There are adventures inside the graveyard for a boy— an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway towards the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will most likely be in danger from the man Jack— who has currently killed Bod's family.
In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Even though the book opens having a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by"a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into much more child-friendly storytelling. Taking inspiration from Kipling's The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates amongst the headstones, asking a good deal of questions and picking up the tricks within the living together with the dead. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human planet. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive inside the confines inside the graveyard and in wider planet beyond. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody (" Bod ") , and permit him to reside in their tomb. (ages 10 and up) -– Heidi Broadhead The sole survivor in the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, understanding life's lessons amid a cadre from the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers.
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