The Graveyard Book

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

Neil Gainman’s The Graveyard Book was a short, but surprisingly delightful read with whimsical and ghostly illustrations.  I had doubts about finding much substance out of a children’s book, however it made me feel things!!  Now I haven’t read the original book by Rudyard Kipling so I am unable to say if it is a fulfilling representation of that, but I am a fan of the Disney films!  One can see the similarities in the story arch so you get a sense of nostalgia or deja vu as you read.  These “ah ha” moments.  As one devours this story you’ll see a character act a certain way, and it’ll hit you “That’s totally something Bagheera would do!”  The book reads like an eerie but, not horrifying, tale that draws you into the life of this young boy trying to escape this man Jack who is on a mission to murder him.  It was bittersweet to see him grow up and come to terms with what being alive really means, and for him to leave the ghosts whom he loved.  As an adult reading this kids book it gave me a renewed sense of the potential that life brings.

Shine On


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