The Graveyard Book seems to have won every prize going in the past year. I haven’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s books before, so was really interested to find out what they were like. When I discovered that The Graveyard Book had won audio book of the year at The Audies, I decided that I had to listen to it straight away.
I was immediately impressed by Neil Gaiman’s narration. It is great to discover an author who is able to skillfully read his own books.
The story begins with a toddler escaping from home after his family have been murdered. The little boy seeks refuge in a graveyard and it’s ghostly residents decide to look after him; protecting him from the killer who continues to search for him.
The plot is quite gentle and although there are some potentially scary scenes, only the smallest of children would be afraid. I think this is a lovely children’s book, but the simplicity of the storyline makes this an unsatisfying adult read.
I enjoyed listening to it, as Neil Gaiman’s narration added to the atmosphere, but I think I would have been disappointed had I read the book. I think even teenagers would find this book too light to appeal.
If you know any 10-year-olds then go and buy them the audio book straight away, but I’m afraid I can’t recommend this to adults.
Did you enjoy The Graveyard Book?
Have you read any of Neil Gaiman’s other books?
Would I find any of them more satisfying?