It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completelynormal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.
There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.
Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.
Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.
First of all, I have to start out this review by mentioning that I read this book in a single setting. It maybe took me three hours to read the whole thing start to finish. That’s partly because it’s a graphic novel and there’s not a whole lot of text, but it was also, obviously, a really good book.
I really enjoyed all of the pictures in this book. Usually I have a tough time getting into graphic novels, but I was captivated from the very first page. I really felt a connection with the main character and enjoyed witnessing his life in the graveyard progress from infancy to age ten. The pictures were so amazing and they captured every single detail from the text. It was really amazing!
My one big complaint with this book is that it’s very hard to read. The text was awful on my eyes. Sometimes it slanted at weird angles and I often had to go back and reread pages because I read it wrong the first time. It was made even worse by the fact that sometimes the characters showed misspelled words in their bubbles to indicate their lack of education or that they were from a different time period. It was really difficult and annoying for me to have to squint to read the text. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t walk away from the book with a killer headache. So if you are a person who has a tough time reading weird or small print, then I don’t think this is the book for you.
Another thing I found slightly confusing was how we started out with Bod being like 2 and then he was 10 by the end of the book. I expected all of the stories to be more linked together and follow a time line. It was sort of confusing to me how some stories really didn’t relate to others and jumped around a big. That’s not to say they didn’t work together, though! It was just like a progression of Bod’s childhood throughout the years. I would have liked to see more of Jack, though, and not just a few snippets here and there. However, I think that’s going to be a bigger plotline in the second book.
Overall, I thought that the writing and the images were superb. This is a book that I would recommend for younger readers, especially for younger boys (or girls) who tend to dislike reading. I think that the images will really draw them into the story.
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Rating: [rating: 3.5]