Monday, October 15, 2012

RIP VII Read #6: The Graveyard Book


Today I'll be discussing The Graveyard Book over at The Estella Society.

If you still  haven't read or listened to this one after all of the praise myself and others have heaped on it, maybe Neil himself can convince you that this is an amazing story. Head over to his website, Neil Gaiman's Mouse Circus to watch him read the book in its entirety and then answer questions from audiences around the country.

You can read my brief reviews from January 2009 (first read) and September 2010 (first listen) but they are probably inadequate in describing what a unique book this is, even though it is based on another story (Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book). Though it has a bleak start ("There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife"), the rest of the story is full of heart and brains. I can't wait another year or two until I read it with Z.

Always up for a good re-read,
K

p.s. Our next book for the Chapter Book Read-Along is The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I just finished the first in the series, Over Sea, Under Stone, and it was really good. The two books aren't very long so please consider joining me!

6 comments:

  1. I just saw his read-aloud on the website - SOOO cool! My copy is loaned out, so couldn't join you on this read, but maybe I'll listen to Neil and then leave some comments. =)

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    1. I'm hoping the read-aloud is still there next year. I think Z might be ready for the story by then and I would love to have him be able to watch Neil read it!

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  2. Did you see he also has a reading of Coraline? Different people read each chapter - chapter 2 is read by Lemony Snicket!

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    1. Yes! I'm trying to decide if Z is old enough to listen with me. I'm thinking no since the book scared me as an adult. ;)

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