Review! The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel (Vol. 1) by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russel


The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel (Vol. 1)

Adapted by P. Craig Russel

Original novel by Neil Gaiman

192 pages – ages 11+

Published by HarperCollins on July, 29 2014

Summary (from the inside cover)-

“Nobody Owens, known as Bod,  is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.”

What I liked– I am not one for horror stories. The Graveyard Book is not really a horror story – it is more a supernatural story. I am a fan of graphic novels especially when they are done well (just like with movies – it’s sad to see a graphic novel adaptation of a favorite story fall short). I am glad that this book has finally had a graphic novel adaptation, and this one was marvelously done. It really captures the spirit (no pun intended!) of The Graveyard Book. The illustrations add feeling to the story and the text tells the complete story. I like the look of the artwork. Bod was done very well – he’s just what I imagined.  I don’t like how Silas was represented. He was pictured as a stereotypical vampire. I wish he was more mysterious and not so obvious. Still, the artwork was excellent and the story was adapted very well. I think it is cool that more than one artist worked on this book. Someone did Chapter 1, another did Chapter 2, etc. (there are 6 chapters in this volume). I am glad the book is broken into 2 volumes and that Mr. Russel took his time adapting the story to graphic novel form.  I like the Volume idea – there will be two volumes. As a kid, I think the graphic novel makes the book easier to understand. There is a bit of violence at the beginning (Bod’s family is dead, killed by the man Jack.), so it is for a slightly older audience (the same as the original book). I am anxiously waiting for the next volume which comes out October 7th!


I give “The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel (Vol. 1)” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooksgraveyard2

Categories: Age 12+

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18 replies

  1. I thought this was a fabulous novel. Really interesting to see a graphic adaptation.

  2. You know, I have the original novel here and STILL haven’t been able to read it! I had no idea they did a graphic version! Great review on it, too, Erik 😀

  3. Haven’t read tbe novel, but trust your comments about it’s transition to a graphic novel. it sounds like a great book to read for Halloween.

  4. I really enjoyed this novel and find the first sentences popping up in my head again and again. So glad to see that there’s now a graphic version. Enjoyed the review!

  5. It’s nice to see this one in graphic novel style. I gave the original novel 5 stars on my Goodreads (only 5% of the books I read get that rating – I guess I’m picky!). I know there are kids out there who do not like to read, and graphic novels get them one step closer to the real deal. Great review. Thanks!

  6. Very cool. I read the novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. This looks very interesting!

  7. Too scary for me. I like to stay in my happy bubble. Great review, as always, SuperKid!

  8. Fantastic review. I don’t read anything spooky – no horror, thrillers, etc.

  9. I’ve seen this around in our local bookstore. I’m waiting for the second book to be out though before I finally sink my teeth into it. Loved the original novel and can’t wait to really read it in graphic novel format.

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