08 September 2011
The Graveyard Book ~ Neil Gaiman
Winner of the Newbery (2009) and Hugo (2009)!!!!!
A dark fantasy for kids.
A children’s award winner ... but a Hugo as well???
It was an engaging narrative not overloaded with characters but many fleeting glimpses of the ghosts and ghouls that inhabited the graveyard world of Bod (short for Nobody). Growing up in a graveyard gave Gaiman lots of action scenes and creepy descriptive opportunities.
It is suitably supernaturally creepy to keep adults interested but not too scary for its intended audience.