Just in time for October, I’m reminded of what a great book The Graveyard Book is. Alex has to read several books over the school year, and has to select them from several different genres. It’s interesting to see what she selects, and it will be interesting to see what genre she wants to read least (by seeing what she leaves till last). The Graveyard Book was her first pick of the year, and it fits into two of the class’s categories: Fantasy and Newbery Winners.
I love that the class is letting them pick their own books.
Alex finished the book this morning, just before school. I read a few chapters with her and – what an excellent book this is. Back in 2008, I reviewed the audio version for SFFaudio and said this:
You’d think what follows would be a bit grisly, and I suppose it is, but it’s all so fantastic that I smiled through most of that chapter, with the sort of glow I get around Halloween. A pair of ghosts (the Owens) raising a live boy, that boy growing up and learning his letters off gravestones and his life’s philosophy from the perspective of dead but well-meaning people; well, it’s just a great idea, and it’s perfectly presented by Gaiman.
I also went on to say that it’s a book that would be revisited in my house often. And here we are!
What a difference 3 years makes. Alex was 8 when I wrote that review, and she listened along with me to part of the audiobook back then. Now she’s 11 and she read the hardcover herself with eyes wide at the scary bits.
Life is good.
To hear (and watch) Neil Gaiman read the book aloud, visit Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus.