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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2 Hardcover – October 7, 2014

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Gr 5 Up—Starting off where the first volume (2014) of Russell's graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (2008, both HarperCollins) ended, this title covers the second half of the original book. Orphan Nobody "Bod" Owens continues his education with the help of the ghostly graveyard residents, but soon experiences growing pains as he interacts more and more with the outside world of the living. His guardian Silas enrolls Bod in a human school, where the boy's sense of right and wrong battles against his instincts to remain forgettable to his classmates and teachers. In the following segment—the most action-packed and thought-provoking—Bod is reunited not only with his childhood friend Scarlett but also with the murderous Jack, responsible for his family's deaths. Now a teen, the protagonist grapples with feelings of revenge, honor, and even puppy love, all leading up to the work's climax. A bittersweet and hopeful conclusion will tug at the hearts of readers and followers of Gaiman and Russell's work. This volume's art style and pacing is more cohesive and even than the first, perhaps due to the longer chapters and the variety in settings. Underlying messianic themes and the striking juxtaposition of the evil clan of human assassins and the benevolent band of noble monsters begs classroom discussion. Essential reading for fans of Gaiman's original and those who enjoyed the first entry.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

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“Essential reading for fans of Gaiman’s original and those who enjoyed the first entry.” (School Library Journal)

“Volumes 1 and 2 are a grand, elegant envisioning of Gaiman’s dark imagination...fans of thelauded first volume of the project will eagerly turn out for this artful conclusion.” (Booklist)

“All the strengths of the first volume carry forward under the direction of established Gaiman collaborator and adaptor P. Craig Russell. Full-color panels by a variety of artists convey Gaiman’s prose faithfully, with all its eerie and emotional impact.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))

“Astounding, transfixing, sublime, and beautiful….just a few words to describe this wonderful graphic novel adaptation of the second half of Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Consider this a lovely interpretation of the story’s resolution.” (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: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062194836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062194831
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,397 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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“The Graveyard Book: Volume 2” is the second 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: David Lafuente (chapter 6), Scott Hampton (chapter 7), and P. Craig Russel, Kevin Nowlan and Galen Showman (chapter 8).

In the 175 pages of the second volume, which covers Chapter Six through Eight of the original novel, we continue the story of Bod (short for Nobody, or Nobody Owens to give him his full adopted name) as he goes through his teenage-years. When Bod’s guardian Silas has revealed to him what happened to his family, Bod surprises him by wanting to go to school, as he wants to learn things so he’ll be able to survive outside the Graveyard where he grew up. At school, he uses the skills learned from his family and friends to stay under the radar - that is, until he decides to step in when bullies start to pick on another child. This does lead to him getting noticed – which leads to all kinds of trials and tribulations (familiar to those who’ve read the prose novel and which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t), including the final showdown with a man named Jack, the murderer of his family.

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. Overall, the art gives a very cohesive interpretation, and when you move onto a new chapter and a new artist, the style never changes so much it will jar you out of the story.
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In the second part of the story, Bod goes from boy to young man and goes out into the world. School is not just for learning about history, it’s an opportunity to practice the ghostly arts he has learned from his protectors in the cemetery. It’s also an opportunity for a boy with a big heart to get into trouble with the school bullies. The ghosts in the cemetery may not be real anymore, but Bod’s affection for them definitely is. Eventually he comes face to face with the man who killed his family and who has been searching for Bod for over ten years. Illustrator Russell continues the amazing artwork from volume 1, bringing to life the nightmares Gaiman provided. Superb work!
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This is a "young adult" book, but very touching and enjoyable for all ages.
I've read the book, heard the audio version read by Mr. Gaiman.
I'm a comics fan, love P. Craig Russel's work, so I got this. And it is fantastic! All the artists styles meld/blend together seamlessly. Silas looks even better than I imagined him.
And even though the text has to be edited to fit into the comic book (excuse me, graphic novel) format - I simply can't think of a thing that is missing. So I think having the author do the adaptation really works here.
Recommended most highly whether or not you've read the book.
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I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of Mr. Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book". I first fell in love with the story in the novel format, but I wanted something with visuals to share the delights of this book with my ten-year-old at bedtime. P. Craig Russell does justice to Gaiman's work with a stunning full-color illustrated treatment that makes this a delight to read.

The story of young Nobody "Bod" Owens is a blend of myth and fantasy, of gothic horror and more. Bod, orphaned as a child due to the seemingly senseless murder of his parents and younger sister, crawls his way to the graveyard upon the hill, where he is taken in by the ghosts of the departed souls that inhabit the graveyard. Here Bod is raised among the dead, and has a guardian in the form of enigmatic vampire Silas. Over the years, Bod is taught skills that befit the dead more than the living, but nevertheless provide him with the protection necessary to keep him safe from Jack, the murderer who continues to hunt Bod.

Each chapter in this graphic novel is beautifully-illustrated in stunning visuals that makes the story come alive in a vivid mix of dark and bright colors. The story is a dark one and I would caution parents to check this out with their child to ensure the story and visuals are not too scary. My ten-year-old found the tale chilling but enjoyed the visual rendition immensely. I can't sing the praises of this book and its predecessor Volume 1 high enough. Both books are beautifully-conceived and will delight fans of horror/ Gothic fiction.
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This is the second volume in The Graveyard Book graphic novel series. This book was definitely my favorite of the two graphic novels (I enjoyed the second half of The Graveyard Book better as well).

This volumes continues the adventures of Nobody Owens; the boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard in an effort to protect him from the mysterious man named Jack who killed his family. In this book Nobody (Bod) ventures outside the graveyard seeking education and starts to learn how to interact with other people. He also learns a lot more about the mysterious Jack and has to confront this enemy.

I really loved this 2nd volume in The Graveyard Book graphic novel series. There is a lot more adventure and the story is a lot deeper as Bod starts to come of age and question the world he was raised in.

The graphic novel is full of beautifully detailed illustrations that are easy to follow and fun to look at. I really enjoyed the illustration a lot.

I love the story and the history behind Jack and why he was after Bod and his family. I also loved the bittersweet ending to the story. It’s a bit melancholy, but also has a hopeful feel to it as well.

Overall this was a spectacular continuation of The Graveyard Book in graphic novel format. I have absolutely no complaints; I loved the illustration and the story. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of fantasy/supernatural graphic novels.
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