There’s not much for adults in this younger readers’ book – the story of a young boy who as a baby is orphaned and left to be raised by the ghosts in the graveyard. They call him Nobody Owens, or “Bod” for short.
As Bod grows and the first half of the story progresses, we learn about the inhabitants of the graveyard, and how life is different for Bod than other children. This is all moderately entertaining although disjointed in places, lacking meat.
As we progress, the reasons behind the murder of Bod’s family are revealed, and while this is a little trite, Bod has in this time developed into a far more interesting character, who can carry the narrative himself.
Neil Gaiman and I therefore continue to have a hit and miss relationship, although for kids this would hold some interest.