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*Starred Review* Gaiman’s frequent collaborator Russell brings his decades of comics know-how to this lovely, lyrical adaptation of the author’s well-loved, Newbery Medal–winning book. Not content to rely exclusively on his own distinctive talents, Russell has enlisted some of the industry’s greatest contemporary illustrators as contributors, who fill the panels with appropriately gothic tones. In order to give ample room to the novel’s twists and turns, the adaptation has been divided into two parts (the second will be released this fall). Running through the first five chapters and interlude of Gaiman’s original, this volume weaves the inviting magical story of toddler Nobody Owens, who escapes the brutal murder of his family and is adopted by the supernatural denizens of a graveyard. The well-paced narrative follows Bod as his new graveyard family raises him with care and attentiveness and he begins to explore both the ghostly world he inhabits and the outside world that is his heritage. Each illustrator brings a unique aesthetic, blending together seamlessly to enrich the tale and suggest the subtle shifts of clever Bod’s growth and burgeoning sense of adventure. Fans of Gaiman’s delightfully macabre sensibilities will be elated. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gaiman’s fans are loyal and plentiful. Add a Newbery Medal to the mix and this will be a barn burner. Grades 6-10. --Jesse Karp

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“Russell calls attention to the drama and wit of the language in each sentence...The real achievement of this adaptation is that readers will want to jump back to the novel and then leap back again, time after time.” (Kirkus Reviews)

” [A] lovely, lyrical adaptation...Fans of Gaiman’s delightfully macabre sensibilities will be elated.” (Booklist (starred review))

“[A] vastly entertaining adaptation...It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“This adaptation celebrates friendship, loyalty, and family with similar humor and aplomb.” (School Library Journal)

“The delights here are many.” (NPR)

“The graphic novel captures and enhances the magic and horror in new and unexpected ways.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: The Graveyard Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062194817
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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I love graphic novels and I love Neil Gaiman, but parents—please look through the preview of this book.

Amazon recommends this book for kids aged 8 through 12. I’m not sure parents are aware of the drawn slit-throat-gushing blood. Before purchasing, consider how your kids will react to a drawn depiction of the mom, dad, and sibling lying dead on the floor and beds, covered in blood.

From an adult perspective, I think this book is great. The team did an excellent job capturing the story and portraying it with top-notch, full-colored artwork. In my review of Gaiman’s original book I stated a desire for more illustrations—they delivered! The essence of everything is here and in superb detail.

This book is worthy of the other 5-star ratings it has received. However, because it is being marketed to children, some of whom are still impressionable with fantasy (e.g. Santa Clause) a lower rating is needed in order to raise awareness. Parents, you know your own children, proceed with this understanding.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Quilting Librarian on August 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Let me state up front that I love Neil Gaiman's books, and I especially loved The Graveyard Book. So I was either going to love this adaptation or be disappointed and end up hating it. As you can guess from my rating, I loved it. Can I give it more stars? Six or seven? Best thing I've read this year.

http://writingboutreading.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/an-excellent-graphic-adaptation-of-a-wonderful-book/

I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review. I will follow my usual pattern of giving that copy to one of my teen patrons. But I will be buying another copy for myself and a copy of volume 2 when it is published this Fall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk on August 6, 2014
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"The Graveyard Book: Volume 1" is the first volume in a two-part graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2008 children's novel "The Graveyard Book." Artist P. Craig Russell, who is a long-time collaborator with Gaiman and took care of the graphic adaptation, figures prominently on the cover, but be warned that each chapter is drawn by a different artist: Kevin Nowlan (chapter 1), P. Craig Russell (chapter 2), Tony Harris & Scott Hampton (chapter 3), Gale Showman (chapter 4), Jill Thompson (chapter 5) and Stephen B. Scott (Interlude).

In the 192 pages of the first volume, which covers Chapter One through Five plus the Interlude of the original novel, we start with the toddler who will become known as Bod (short for Nobody), whose knack for wandering off (to the despair of his parents) saves his life as the mysterious stranger Jack slaughters his family for reasons as yet unknown. Bod had wandered off to the nearby graveyard, where he's adopted by its ghostly residents and also taken under the wings of the enigmatic Silas, who's neither living nor death and makes Jack lose the trail. In the next chapters, we see how Bod grows up as a child, learns the alphabet, meets up with Scarlett and becomes friends with her (and gets her into trouble), as well as his adventure with the ghouls. We also see how his desire to help witch Elizabeth, who's buried outside the graveyard in unconsecrated ground, get a headstone, leads him again into trouble, and this volume ends right after the Macabray dance with the short Interlude, in which we meet up again with Jack.

Story-wise, it stays very faithful to the original prose novel, with words and art meshing very well together. It really shows that Gaiman is equally adept at working in prose as well as the very different comic book-format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Graphic adaptations of regular books quite often leave a lot to be desired, because either they feel too short and leave out many of the endearing details of the written story, or the artistry is less than stellar. Not the case with this excellent production. I was thrilled to see that everyone involved with this project are of seasoned professionals of the highest caliber. Kevin Knowlan and P. Craig Russell in particular are both recognized in the "hall of fame" of great comic book artists, but the rest of the artists are excellent as well. I was quite surprised at how well all these artists meshed together stylistically, which rarely works as consistently as we see here.

Just by the nature of having much of the written word being translated into visuals, there is a certain loss of Gaiman's stylish prose, but this is to be expected, and the art does it's best to capture the flavor Gaiman's descriptions with wonderful attention to detail and expression, generally quite successful.

My only minor reservation is that I felt the color palette could have benefited from having a bit more panache at times to reflect the emotional flair vs. a realistic representation of the setting. I didn't feel this was anything worthy of deducting a star, but at times the coloring could have explored the expression of the story a bit more.

Anyway, I do recommend this wholeheartedly. It's a wonderful story and this is a beautiful interpretation. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Hancock on August 12, 2014
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Can't say enough good things about this adaptation of a fantastic novel. I loved the Graveyard Book when it first came out, and have been a huge Neil Gaiman fan for years. This terrific story is truly in great hands with this adaptation. You might think that using different artists with each chapter might make the story feel a bit disjointed, but this was never the case. It was a joy to see the different interpretations of these characters by some of the best artists in the business. I read one chapter each night as soon as it was delivered by Amazon, and simply couldn't wait to dive into this world. I can't wait for Volume II!

If you read Neil Gaiman - get this book. If you don't read him, then discover him with this book and read his other works. If you just finished the original Graveyard Book last week, then pick up this adaptation and see his terrific characters on the page and in living (or dead/undead!) color. Truly every minute you spend with this graphic novel is time well spent!
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