Graphic Novel Review: The Graveyard Book Volumes 1 & 2

Graphic Novel Review: The Graveyard Book Volumes 1 & 2The Graveyard Book Graphic Novels by Neil Gaiman, P Craig Russell
Published by HarperCollins on July 29th 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 192
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The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.

Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.

Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two will include Chapter Six to the end.

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The Graveyard Book translates brilliantly into graphic novel format. Perhaps because the author is also a graphic novelist? I read The Graveyard Book several years ago, after it became a Newbery winner. I loved the story and the characters and so when I heard they had redone it in graphic novel format, I could not wait. The illustrations are perfect, setting a dark and dreary landscape in the graveyard and I love the character designs. More realistic and sharp than most graphic novels made for younger readers, I loved the different characters and revisiting the plot in this type of format.

What I love about this story, is the way Nobody comes into his own. It’s truly a coming of age story, with paranormal and horror elements. I felt for the characters, some who still had their own journey to complete, others whose time had long passed. There’s a touch of romance, a lot of action and some really deep relationships. I love that Nobody searches out his real name only to find the one he has is all he needs. Definitely a set of graphic novels I would love to own eventually.

Verdict:

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel version of an award winning children’s novel that is incredible on its own.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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2 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: The Graveyard Book Volumes 1 & 2

  1. I haven’t been buying many graphic novels because they tend to fall apart so quickly in a library setting, but may have to get this, as well as the graphic novel adaptation of Riordan’s The Red Pyramid!

  2. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS. it’s at the top of my xmas book wish list. I really hope I get it because The Graveyard is one of my favorites and I love Neil Gaiman (have u read his other graphic novels? They’re gooood!) lol. Glad it’s so detailed and that you loved it. Great review.

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