Monday, January 11, 2010
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Winner of the 2009 John Newbery award.
This is the first time I have read Neil Gaiman, he writes both youth and adult fiction. I will most likely read some of his adult works, he is an interesting author and I like his style.
I am not good at writing book reviews, hopefully the more that I do, the better I become.
This is a fantasy, which is a new genre to me. I have to remind of something that I read while I took my Intro to Children's Lit course "The writer of fantasy creates another world for characters and readers, asking that readers believe this other world could and does exist within the framework of the book. The acceptance of this other world requires of the writer an ability to make the imaginary universe so credible that we wish it were all true. for sheer pleasure we believe" (from A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature by Rebecca J. Lukens)
Nobody Owens was raised in the graveyard, kinda reminds me of The Jungle Book (which I have never read and might read now). One of the things I loved about this book was what was written on the tombstones.
Miss Letita Borrows, Spinister of this Parish "Who Did No Harm to No Man all the Dais of Her Life. Reader, Can You Say Lykewise?"
Digby Poole "As I Am So Shall You Be
Joji G Shoji " I was a stranger and you took me in" pg 48
There were others that I can not remember (of course). I would love to see a sequel to this book, the ending has left that possibility open and I have grown fond of Nobody Owens