Gaiman's Graveyard Book video tour finishes, book hits #1 on NYTimes YA bestseller list

Last week, I wrote about Neil Gaiman's video book-tour for his new young adult novel, The Graveyard Book. Gaiman read a different chapter at each day's tour-stop, and videos of the readings were posted, in sequence, to a website, so that you could follow along and hear Gaiman (a virtuoso reader) perform the full text of this wonderful book.

Seems like it worked. The Graveyard Book is now number one on the New York Times's Young Adult bestseller list. And deservedly so: Gaiman's combination of The Jungle Book's elegant and sweet structure and style with a genuinely creepy setting and situation (Bod is abandoned in the graveyard as a baby after his parents are murdered by a serial killer; he is raised by the graveyard's ghosts, who go back to pre-Roman times, and who give him an eclectic education and rescue him when he goes astray) is utterly inspired, and beautifully executed.

This is a book that is especially fabulous when read aloud -- a perfect bedtime book for your little monsters. Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book -- video tour, The Graveyard Book on Amazon


  1. I was at the Palo Alto, CA reading of Chapter five (sitting directly behind the camera, so the video is exactly my viewpoint).

    Neil’s a fabulous reader, a funny, entertaining speaker, and I would happily have paid to see him (the reading was free, at least in palo also). I would have liked to hear him go for another two hours.

    He also showed exclusive clips from the ‘Coraline’ movie, which is looking to be absolutely stunning.

    I can’t wait to read Graveyard Book, but I can’t pry it from my daughter’s hands.

  2. That’s great news!! My better half and I have been listening to every chapter until the last one tonight. It was a beautiful, heartfelt story, as usual for Neil Gaiman.

    Nobody takes me back to those mysterious and flavourful childhood years like Neil Gaiman.

    Thank you!

  3. Have to say I’m baffled by the popularity of this book, given that the release date was so near Prathett’s Nation. I’ve read both, and forgotten most of The Graveyard Book. Nation, on the other hand, has stuck a little something in the back of my mind.

    Especially for teens, Nation is far more intelligent, thought provoking, and, I thought, contains far fewer slow, boring scenes with nothing to contribute to plot.

    I feel like Neil’s been in decline since Coraline and American Gods, which seemed to make assertions and have implications, even if the latter was intolerably slow moving at many points. Anansi Boys and The Graveyard Book feel more like collections of Neil Gaiman scenes than collected Neil Gaiman novels.

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