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It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child. 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. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange a It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child. 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. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family. Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation. Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.


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It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child. 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. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange a It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child. 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. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family. Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation. Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

30 review for The Graveyard Book, Volume 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book was read for the BookTubeAThon This book is for 4. Finish a Book in One Day The Graveyard Book Volume 2 was so amazing and beautiful. This is one of my favourite books by Neil Gaiman, and I absolutely adore Bod and all the folks in the graveyard. Easily 5 stars This book was read for the BookTubeAThon This book is for 4. Finish a Book in One Day The Graveyard Book Volume 2 was so amazing and beautiful. This is one of my favourite books by Neil Gaiman, and I absolutely adore Bod and all the folks in the graveyard. Easily 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I loved the first volume of this book when I read it from the library so I bought the first and second volumes. I'm guessing this is the end for Bod and the family unless they make one where he is out on his own, it's sad :-( In this edition we have Bod going on in years from like 11 to 14 and then a young man going out on his own. We all know Silas as his guardian (the vamp) and he wants to keep Bod safe inside the graveyard as the man that tried to kill him as a baby is still out there in the I loved the first volume of this book when I read it from the library so I bought the first and second volumes. I'm guessing this is the end for Bod and the family unless they make one where he is out on his own, it's sad :-( In this edition we have Bod going on in years from like 11 to 14 and then a young man going out on his own. We all know Silas as his guardian (the vamp) and he wants to keep Bod safe inside the graveyard as the man that tried to kill him as a baby is still out there in the world looking for him. But Bod puts his foot down and says he wants to go to school. Against his better judgement, Silas decides to let Bod go, but he tells him to stay low and don't draw attention to himself. Well, that doesn't last long as Bod takes on the school bullies, but he just wants to make things right. Then Bod can't go to school any more because it is too dangerous, and he so loved just sitting in the library reading. Anyway, so a little bit later Bod's little friend Scarlett that used to visit the graveyard moves back to town and they get to meet again when they are a little older. But as we all know things don't stay all safe and cozy. The man named Jack that killed Bod's family and tried to kill him finds him. He's in some weird group with some other men. Not giving all of the story away! Anyway, the man had befriended Scarlett and her mom and found Bod that way. So Bod and Scarlett go back to the graveyard to hide, well Bod has some things up his sleeve and takes care of all the men in different ways. After all of this, Scarlett thinks Bod is a monster....sigh.. stupid girl... so Silas goes to erase her and her moms memory. Sooooo, we get to the end with some very painful good-byes. It made me sad, don't judge me! :-) But the time has come for Bod to go live his life, without his graveyard friends :-( I really enjoyed these two volumes of these graffic novels. It was just so cool watching Bod grow up with all of the ghosts from the graveyard and Silas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adam Silvera

    Loved this one too!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    Not quite as good as the first one but still definitely enjoyable. I can really recommend these two graphic novels.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    This is the finish of this 2 part graphic novel of Neil Gaiman's Graveyard book. I love the story and I think the ending is brilliant. In this book, Nobody Owens has to face down his families murderer and he finds out why they wanted to kill him in the first place. It is an epic, operatic ending to the tale. Bod has all the powers of the Graveyard at his side. I highly recommend the original novel and if you don't have time for that, then read this graphic novel. It is superbly done. This is a m This is the finish of this 2 part graphic novel of Neil Gaiman's Graveyard book. I love the story and I think the ending is brilliant. In this book, Nobody Owens has to face down his families murderer and he finds out why they wanted to kill him in the first place. It is an epic, operatic ending to the tale. Bod has all the powers of the Graveyard at his side. I highly recommend the original novel and if you don't have time for that, then read this graphic novel. It is superbly done. This is a middle grade novel by Gaiman. He writes great stories for that age group. I hope he will write another one soon. It has been awhile since he did that age group. Gaiman can write for all age groups and formats. He does so well with a graphic novel. This story also won the Newbery medal and it was well deserved. This is still one of my favorite stories and one of the reasons I adore Neil Gaiman so much. How much more gothic can you get than a story set among a rotting graveyard spanning back a few hundred years. There is nothing else like this out there I now of. This needs to be a movie, stat. I love the parts with the Sleer, this ancient protection from the time of the Celts over 2,000 years ago or so. It is the perfect thing to throw in. He really brings the past into the story. So many stories could be told with all the dead people's lives. May Neil keep writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This second volume is every bit as incredible as the first and left me teary-eyed! Volume 2 focuses on the second half of The Graveyard Book written by Neil Gaiman and follows Nobody Owens as he (once again) escapes the clutches of The Man Jack. This graphic novel contains chapters 6-8 and I have to say that number 7 is a real rollercoaster ride! On several occasions, I felt my heart in my mouth. This time, the stakes are so much higher, as Bod, who is now 14, comes face to face with the man who This second volume is every bit as incredible as the first and left me teary-eyed! Volume 2 focuses on the second half of The Graveyard Book written by Neil Gaiman and follows Nobody Owens as he (once again) escapes the clutches of The Man Jack. This graphic novel contains chapters 6-8 and I have to say that number 7 is a real rollercoaster ride! On several occasions, I felt my heart in my mouth. This time, the stakes are so much higher, as Bod, who is now 14, comes face to face with the man who murdered his family. A chase fraught with tension ensues. The accompanying artwork is still breathtaking and perfectly compliments the story, whisking you away into a world where the living and the dead unite, and I can definitely see why this graphic novel adaptation has won awards. The final chapter is Bod's farewell to the graveyard, the place which has been his home for the last 14 years, the place which has protected him against outside evil, and it is heartbreaking. Having followed Bod throughout all these ordeals, the readers have come to know him intimately, to know who his friends are in the graveyard, to know the ones who have protected him, and saying goodbye is always the hardest part. Overall, this volume builds on the first and creates a poignant and deeply touching ending to an incredibly novel idea. Recommended to all!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Geo Kwnstantinou

    I loved the vol.2 too !

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    P. Craig Russell and a host of artistic collaborators have produced a perfect adaptation of a Neil Gaiman novel. It is amazing that entire two-volume adaptation retained a signature look that did not detract from a seamless reading experience despite a multitude of artist with varying styles. That is a testament to Russell's art director skills and the singular talents of the art team and each individual's ability to mesh their art for a singular house style. As for the story, it is pretty good, i P. Craig Russell and a host of artistic collaborators have produced a perfect adaptation of a Neil Gaiman novel. It is amazing that entire two-volume adaptation retained a signature look that did not detract from a seamless reading experience despite a multitude of artist with varying styles. That is a testament to Russell's art director skills and the singular talents of the art team and each individual's ability to mesh their art for a singular house style. As for the story, it is pretty good, it's a Gaiman work after all. I couln't help but sniff a few at the end of book and it's last few panels. Really, I made a connection to it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Much like the first half of the illustrated volume, we kept swapping out artists for the different vignettes. This somewhat threw me out of the book because some of the artistic interpretations were so far off from the original concept art that I couldn't keep track of who was who. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads Much like the first half of the illustrated volume, we kept swapping out artists for the different vignettes. This somewhat threw me out of the book because some of the artistic interpretations were so far off from the original concept art that I couldn't keep track of who was who. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Much like the first volume, this is a decent but uninspired adaptation of a book that I love. I still wish that either there had been just one artist working on the book, or that the artists that did work on it had more varied styles.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    It was nice adaptation but would I recommend it?If you haven't read the book than no, read the book first. If you have read the book preferably not recently and loved it than yes, it new experience. Also while graphic style looks nice, it pales in comparison to Chris Riddell's masterful illustrations at beginning of each chapter of the book. It was nice adaptation but would I recommend it?If you haven't read the book than no, read the book first. If you have read the book preferably not recently and loved it than yes, it new experience. Also while graphic style looks nice, it pales in comparison to Chris Riddell's masterful illustrations at beginning of each chapter of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lee Thompson

    My dumb ass grabbed this without realizing it was part two. Now I have to go get part one. Lol. Really like the graphic novel although the cover ruins the climax.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vladan

    Review :) Review :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    A bittersweet conclusion to an epic adventure of one boy. In this edition, we finally see the fallout between Bod and Mr. Forest as well as the growing affection between Bod and Scarlett. The ending really tugged at my heartstrings. Seeing Bod leave the graveyard, which was his home for so many years, and watching the dead bid him goodbye was a sad, yet inevitable conclusion to his story. And let us not forget his guardian, for a wonderful, caring guardian he was. (He was totally a vampire, wasn A bittersweet conclusion to an epic adventure of one boy. In this edition, we finally see the fallout between Bod and Mr. Forest as well as the growing affection between Bod and Scarlett. The ending really tugged at my heartstrings. Seeing Bod leave the graveyard, which was his home for so many years, and watching the dead bid him goodbye was a sad, yet inevitable conclusion to his story. And let us not forget his guardian, for a wonderful, caring guardian he was. (He was totally a vampire, wasn't he?)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Few books are more illustrated in my imagination when converted to a graphic form. Most of them suffer a loss at the hands of illustrators and hard edits. This story did not, the graphics added to the experience for me adding a feeling that had me dwelling on the pages admiring the details. I want more

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Ah, so satisfying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    such a fun read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    J.P.

    There are books that when only a few pages are left at the end, each turn of a page that brings you closer to the end feels like a breaking heart. A long drawn out goodbye. This and its sibling volume are such books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin L

    I love Neil Gaiman so it's not a surprise that this graphic novel worked well for me. This is the second and final volume in the duology, and it's one of the first graphic novels I've read. Bod's story is interesting and engrossing. I love Neil Gaiman so it's not a surprise that this graphic novel worked well for me. This is the second and final volume in the duology, and it's one of the first graphic novels I've read. Bod's story is interesting and engrossing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    Wow, didn't think you this would be so strong, not after the awesome first volume, but oh no, I was mistaken. the story only gets stronger in this volume as we concluded Bod's journey. Nice work on this. An amazing read. well paced. Wow, didn't think you this would be so strong, not after the awesome first volume, but oh no, I was mistaken. the story only gets stronger in this volume as we concluded Bod's journey. Nice work on this. An amazing read. well paced.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vishy

    Stunning graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's book. A wonderful work of art. Longer review coming soon. Stunning graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's book. A wonderful work of art. Longer review coming soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I feel like I experienced Bod's story, and I'm sad to leave my graveyard friends behind. I didn't like the ending even though it makes sense. I already miss Silas 4.5/5 I feel like I experienced Bod's story, and I'm sad to leave my graveyard friends behind. I didn't like the ending even though it makes sense. I already miss Silas 4.5/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amina

    I still can't get myself to write a review after reading a book because it left me with a feeling I can't describe, same thing happened here! I still can't get myself to write a review after reading a book because it left me with a feeling I can't describe, same thing happened here!

  24. 5 out of 5

    blissful and bookish

    I really enjoyed this much more! I finished it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this much more! I finished it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Branden

    This is a graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, which itself is an adaptation of The Jungle Book. In this book, Bod (short for "Nobody") Owens' parents are murdered when he is a baby when Silas arrives on the scene and rescues the child at the last minute, taking him to a cemetery. Here, the benevolent ghosts who are confined to the graveyard raise the child as their own and teach him how to use ghost-like abilities to protect himself. Meanwhile, Silas acts as the ghosts' This is a graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, which itself is an adaptation of The Jungle Book. In this book, Bod (short for "Nobody") Owens' parents are murdered when he is a baby when Silas arrives on the scene and rescues the child at the last minute, taking him to a cemetery. Here, the benevolent ghosts who are confined to the graveyard raise the child as their own and teach him how to use ghost-like abilities to protect himself. Meanwhile, Silas acts as the ghosts' liaison to the outside world, accompanies Bod into the human world as he attempts to go to school and develop into a passably normal human, and works to end the ongoing threat to Bod's life (as the killer, and others like him, are still looking for Bod so they can finish the job.) In the end, when the threat is eliminated, Bod must reconcile that his time with the ghosts has come to an end and prepare to begin a new life with people, where he belongs. As he grows up, Bod realizes that he has two identities that he must reconcile: he is a human but has been raised by ghosts and has taken on many of their traits, abilities, and elements of their culture, as well as the cultures of the various time periods these ghosts lived in. When the time comes for him to leave the ghosts, he has to determine what it means to be a human and prepare himself to live in the world he was always meant to live in. This text would go well with Gallagher's "Square Peg, Round Hole" exercise. Bod Owens, a contemporary live human living among ghosts of various time periods, is a square peg moving between two round holes: the graveyard and the outside world. This text could be used to model the concept, preparing students to write their own about someone in their lives, a public figure, or another text. (This book is split into two volumes, which I am counting as one text.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Iachini

    I finished these over the long weekend! And while I liked most of the art, I can't help but be salty that they made Silas a very obvious vampire. I always pictured him so different in my head, and I have to say that the widow's peak and black cape are a bit much. I finished these over the long weekend! And while I liked most of the art, I can't help but be salty that they made Silas a very obvious vampire. I always pictured him so different in my head, and I have to say that the widow's peak and black cape are a bit much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Richard Knight

    So good. So good. The world of this story is just so captivating that I could read three or more books with this setting. But this book ends in a satisfying way, and never feels like it wears out its welcome. Both volumes are superb, and I think I'm going to read the actual novel even though I already know the story just so I can see more of Gaiman's brilliant prose. Fantastic! So good. So good. The world of this story is just so captivating that I could read three or more books with this setting. But this book ends in a satisfying way, and never feels like it wears out its welcome. Both volumes are superb, and I think I'm going to read the actual novel even though I already know the story just so I can see more of Gaiman's brilliant prose. Fantastic!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alina Nasir

    what an amazing experience it was to read the book and the illustrated version side by side! Loved seeing neil Gaiman's imagination brought to life via illusterations what an amazing experience it was to read the book and the illustrated version side by side! Loved seeing neil Gaiman's imagination brought to life via illusterations

  29. 4 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    I read the graphic novel first, yes! I hope that's okay 😂 so I enjoyed the book I wasn't a fan of the illustrations. I somehow liked Coraline more than this and illustrations were also better there. In the first part we see Nobody Owens as a kid and in the second part he grows up. It's chapters 1-5 in book 1 and chapters 6-8 in book 2. Overall it's a really good graphic novel and Neil Gaiman never disappoints. I read the graphic novel first, yes! I hope that's okay 😂 so I enjoyed the book I wasn't a fan of the illustrations. I somehow liked Coraline more than this and illustrations were also better there. In the first part we see Nobody Owens as a kid and in the second part he grows up. It's chapters 1-5 in book 1 and chapters 6-8 in book 2. Overall it's a really good graphic novel and Neil Gaiman never disappoints.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tamsien West (Babbling Books)

    I loved revisiting this story in graphic novel format so much. It was like finding a treasure you had buried and forgotten about. The story of Bod and the graveyard of ghosts was even more delightful (and dark) in this format, and I think it will be the version I reach for when I am in need to a perfect Halloween read in future years.

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