Hogwash and poppycock and other words of scoff and denial, says sober I. Silas, a man who may be a vampire (though the word is never said) is every child’s fantasy; A mysterious/magical guardian/friend who will tell you the truth when your parents will not.
But I’ve certainly seen a distinct rise in the Gothic and otherworldly over the last few years, and one wonders if it’s because kids want more of that kind of stuff or publishers are merely getting less squeamish. One thing I particularly liked about the book was the fact that Bod makes quite a few careless or thoughtless mistakes and yet you don’t feel particularly inclined to throttle him because of them.
is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association’s “Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book,” a I absolutely loved this book!
Want to know why he wants to kill him so bad or what happens???
It feels like a book written by a parent with children growing up and moving out.
It’s a title that tips its hat to kids making their way in the world, their pasts behind them, their futures unknown.Smart and focused, touching and wry, it takes the story of a boy raised by ghosts and extends it beyond the restrictive borders of the setting. Saved and protected by the denizens of that particular abode (the ghosts and the far more corporeal if mysterious Silas), the little boy is called Bod, short for Nobody because no one knows his name. And what’s more, Bod must come to grips with what it means to grow up.? Gaiman’s previous foray into middle grade children’s literature. But even when Bod is at his most intolerable, his most childishly selfish and single-minded, you can understand and sympathize with him.As he grows older, Bod learns the secrets of the graveyard, though he has to be careful. Bod is no brat, a fact that implies right there that he is someone worth rooting for.What remains is just a great fantasy novel that has the potential to appeal to both boy and girl readers. Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that Bod’s family is slaughtered at the start of this tale you wouldn’t necessarily know whether or not to believe that these people are as nasty as we’ve been told. I once heard someone postulate that maybe Neil Gaiman wrote it just so that he could play with the sentence “It takes a graveyard to raise a child.” Unlikely. I mean, he does make a casual allusion that isn’t far off from that phrase, but he never goes whole hog.This book doesn’t feel like it was written to back up a joke.We see our own young selves in Bod, and we root for him as a result.And as Bod reaches each stage in his growth, he encounters experiences and personalities that help him to reach maturity. When the eleven-year-old comes up to my desk and begs for “a good book” I can just show them the cover and the title of this puppy and feel zero guilt when their little eyes light up. I guess that if I have any objections at all to the title it has something to do with the villains.All that aside, generally I’ll read a title and they’ll be fun examinations of the hereafter, but not the kind of things that touch my heart. It just has to be emotionally honest with the reader. The man Jack was one of the best, maybe THE best, and how hard is it to kill a toddler anyway? Too often in a work of fiction a person isn’t properly put into the head of their protagonist.And is one of the most emotionally honest books I’ve yet to have read this year. But on that particular night the little boy went for a midnight toddle out the front door while the murderer was busy and straight into the nearby graveyard. Yet as Bod grows older it becomes clear that hiding may not be the best way to confront his enemies. So when that character walks off and does something stupid there’s the sense (sometimes faint, sometimes not) that they deserved it and you’re not going to stick around and read about somebody that dumb, are you? I can’t imagine how hard it must be to write a good story that entertains and educates young kids. If you can change the world, the world will change. However, when Nobody begins to investigate how he ended up in his graveyard, he discovers a secret society from which he may never be safe. I’ve always felt that kid’s authors are, by far, the most talented writers there are.