Adjani Gama Dessavre
There was a sharp knife, the sharpest you’ll ever see (definitely it was not for cake). There was a murderer family, yet the youngest child, only a toddler, was missing. With his innocent curiosity, he went to a graveyard escaping the hands of the murderer, and then… Ghosts!
Yes, that is how Neil Gayman’s “The Graveyard Book” starts. From the beginning, we want to know what happens next, what the characters will do, and who are these people; we want to unravel all the mysteries. I recently read this story in its graphic novel version (adapted by P. Craig Russell). Thank you to Juan, who gifted it to me. Not sure he will remember because this happened quite a while ago. So if you’ve ever gifted me a book, I will get to it, I promise I’ll do.
Back to the main subject, I loved this story. It takes us through different stages of the life of that toddler I mentioned: Bod Owens (weird name, right? You’ll find out his complete name when you read it). The art and environment it creates are nice and true to the story. It is a beautiful book for children, yet I also enjoyed it as an adult. It manages to capture the growing up experience, and how different stages of life make you want different things. I loved how rounded the main character is and how genuine he feels in all the different stages. Some parts of him change as he grows up, yet his essence is there.
One of the things I loved the most is the supernatural world described. It is imaginative and has terrific, fantastic creatures. It makes you appreciate the past and that who has been forgotten. It wakes up your curiosity and reminds you of all the possibilities we have as living human beings. I wish I had read this book as a child because I would have played so much in its world!
If you feel like reading a light yet fascinating children’s book, this is an excellent option. If you are looking for a book for your little cousin, son, daughter, it is a great option! I loved the graphic novel version because I loved how the art combined with the story. However, the book is an excellent option too. In the end, the author of the tale is Neil Gaiman, and he is a great writer with incredible story-telling abilities. Or better yet, get both and experience both versions! Notice that the graphic novel comes in two volumes. So relax and enjoy this imaginative and fantastic world!
Don’t forget to tell us what you think, we love hearing from you! 🙂
If you liked this cake, share a slice with your friends!