The Graveyard Book: Graphic Novel

Just in time for Halloween... I am sick. Big Sis and I caught Little Sis's coughing crud. It was inevitable. I spent much of last week snuggling with my little sickie. One of the things we did was read. Specifically, we read Volume One of The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel. 

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 and 2, adapted by P. Craig Russell, illustrated by Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill ThompsonStephen B. Scott, and David Lafuente.
HarperCollins, 2014.

I read Neil Gaiman's Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book two years ago and loved it, of course. On vacation this summer, we listened to about half of the audiobook. If our trip had been longer, I'm sure we would have finished it. The audiobook is gorgeously produced, with Derek Jacobi narrating and a cast of awesome actors performing the dialogue.

I knew I wanted to check out a graphic novel or two this month. I looked at Coraline, but I must admit, I love the design of the movie too much. I prefer The Graveyard Book as a novel anyway, and when I saw both volumes of the graphic novel on the shelf, I made up my mind immediately.

Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist, yet the styles complement each other.

If you haven't read The Graveyard Book yet, I must warn you, the opening scene is gruesome. It opens with a triple homicide. An evil man named Jack has just killed a husband, wife, and their daughter. He is looking for the baby, a little boy.

The graphic novel doesn't flinch in its depiction of the event. It's a bit jarring, in fact.

The baby has climbed out of his crib and toddled out the open door. He wanders to the ancient graveyard-turned-nature preserve. An old ghost couple, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, finds the boy, just before the newly dead mother appears, begging the ghosts to protect him. In the end, the boy is given the freedom of the graveyard. He is named Nobody - Nobody Owens - because he looks like Nobody but himself.

And that is all I shall say. You must read the book for yourself.

We have only read the first volume, so far. It has been a very busy week. I like the adaptation, and it has kept Little Sis's attention, which is difficult at times.

Even though October is coming to an end, we plan to continue with Volume 2. Of course, I've peeked. It isn't like I don't know what's going to happen!

If you love books that give you shivers, be sure to check out Neil Gaiman's All Hallow's Read! Give someone you love a scary book for Halloween. I know I never mind a bookish gift. Check out the recommendations at the website, or click here to see what the girls and I have read for the season over the past three years.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween, my friends!

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  1. Hey Danzel, I hope you are feeling better! Check out the quiz on The Picture Book Den - I bet you'll know them all!

    1. I only knew the same three as you! :)

      Still coughing. Blog is neglected, between cough, being overcommitted in the real world, and my camera dying. Sigh. Hope you had a great Halloween!

  2. Hope you feel better soon! Our big sis is sick too.. The book looks amazing. I read The Graveyard Book last year and loved it. I just love Neil Gaiman. Happy Halloween to you and your girls!!

    1. I wound up being sicker than either of the girls, because THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS! But I took them trick-or-treating. We're still finishing our Halloween reads. Come to think of it, I still need to take down the decorations...

      Hope you had a great Halloween and that you're having a lovely fall!


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