Gaiman, N., & Russell, P. (2014). The Graveyard Book Volume 1. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
This is the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award winning The Graveyard Book. The graphic novel divides the story into two parts so this book features the first five chapters and the interlude. The story has been adapted by P. Craig Russell who has also adapted some of Gaiman’s other works including Coraline and has adapted other famous works and is particularly famous for his fairy tales of Oscar Wilde series. In this graphic novel each of the chapters is illustrated by a different illustrator though the artwork styles are complimentary. This is interesting as it exposes readers to different styles of art and creates more of a sense of separation between the chapters. Barnes and Nobel lists the age range for this book as age 8-12 which seems appropriate. The beginning of the book is a bit dark and scary as it begins with the main character’s escape as an infant from the man who murdered the rest of his family. From there the story is at times a bit scary or creepy as the boy, named Nobody Owens by his graveyard family, has adventures in his graveyard home. This volume ends with his witnessing the Danse Macabre in town and the interlude that indicated the man who murdered his family is still looking for him. Overall the ghosts living in the graveyard are friendly spirits that are helping to protect their living friend. This is a great book for tweens who like graphic novels as well as reluctant readers who may be more interested in reading The Graveyard Book in graphic novel form. This is a great book to use in book lists or displays that are promoting graphic novels for tweens. I would also recommend it for tweens who are already fans of Gaiman’s other work especially those who like Coraline. I would also recommend it to tween fans of Tim Burton’s work and those who like things that are cool and creepy without being scary. This would also be a great recommendation for readers looking for something a little darker around Halloween or for a Halloween book display.