The Graveyard Book, Vol 1 by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Volume 1
Neil Gaiman
Graphic novel adaption by P. Craig Russell


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“Volume 2 can’t come soon enough!”

Nobody Owens (“Bod” for short) is a mischievous young boy in the manner of Huckleberry Finn. Bod loves to explore. He’s curious about the people and the world around him. He gets himself into serious trouble from time to time and has to use his wits and tenacity to extricate himself from danger. The real difference between Bod and a normal boy? Bod is a human child who dwells in a graveyard with ghosts for adopted parents and a tall, dark guardian, Silas, who is neither living nor dead.

But can Bod’s extended graveyard family keep him safe in a world where his biological family was murdered? Silas provides food and clothing since he can roam outside the graveyard gates at night. Mr. and Mrs. Owens give Bod a home in their crypt, as well as love and discipline. Miss Lupescu’s lessons in paranormal creatures and Mr. Pennyworth’s lessons in fading from view like a ghost come in handy when Bod deals with evil ghouls and greedy humans searching after buried treasures. A friendly witch named Liza, buried right outside the graveyard fence, gives him tips as well, and Bod repays her in kind by giving her the headstone she never had.

Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Medal-winning The Graveyard Book has been adapted to a sumptuous graphic novel format by illustrator P. Craig Russell. The first volume of this fantasy series features seven excellent illustrators with five chapters and a cliff-hanging interlude that leaves the reader dangling as to whether Bod’s ultimate fate will be among the living or the dead. Volume 2 can’t come soon enough!

Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews