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It's hard to believe that June is almost over already! 9 days left of this month and then it'll be July and all of your regularly scheduled Auggie-Talk traditions will be back.
As most of you are aware I've had to push back the review requests a month or so because of the unexpected hiatus. I am now open again to accepting review requests and the already requested reviews will start making their appearance back on Auggie-Talk very soon.
After those little announcements here's our Thursday Review!
The Graveyard Book
Genre: Middlegrade Supernatural
Published: September 30, 2008
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.
Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Neil Gaiman is a writer that is able to offer up a middlegrade fantasy world that is fun and creepy for children and horrifyingly bizarre for adults. Just like his book Coraline there are some themes that adults may find fantastically frightening that children just don't seem to grasp or care about.
For example, in The Graveyard Book there is a festival in which the dead dance with the living. "Dance of the Dead". To a child or a young reader this comes off as very whimsical and creepily entertaining whereas an adult reader is seeing the macabre aspects and morbid points behind the concept.
As an adult reader I am IN LOVE with this style of writing that is suitable for both young and old in different ways.
The reader will find themselves captivated by the world that Bod lives in, filled with ideas of the afterlife as actually being a "life". The graveyard hosts families, neighbors, and even parties and Bod grows up in a relatively "normal" environment.
My interpretation of this may be a bit out there but I felt that there was a point being made that no matter how bizarre or strange your family environment is, or how unorthodox the methods of raising a child, that where there is love there is family. Bod was raised in a graveyard and still manages to be, for the most part, a very average young boy who gets into trouble, gets scolded by his (ghostly) parents, and makes friends with the local dead-witch girl.
Of course when you throw in the fact that the murderer of Bod's entire family is out there waiting somewhere for Bod to make an appearance so he can finish the job... well... that's not quite your everyday situation. Oh, and your "guardian" is a vampire? We're still looking into interpreting that one.
Anyway, this book is full of fun and is equal parts fantastically horrifying and supremely endearing. Fans of CORALINE (Read the book, by the way. The movie was cute but no match for the written version) will love this book.
Five out of five.
READ READ READ!
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Alright dearies! That's all for this Thursday. Tune in tomorrow for another review and more book talk!
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