Gaiman has an unparalleled ability to turn the mundane into an enchanting land filled with wonder and adventure. The overlooked, overgrown, and ordinary graveyard becomes the most magical setting for this coming of age story. Despite the setting, every child (even the one locked deep inside some of us adults) will feel a connection with this story.
This story is clever, sweet, sombre, and even a bit scary. (The Ursala kind of scary, not the Texas Chainsaw Massacre kind.) Gaiman does not buy into the theory that every children’s story has to have a happy ending. However, there is always hope. And, what a message for us to keep close at heart as children, as adults, or as individuals living in this broken world; Life is not always happy, endings are bittersweet, but there is always hope.
I will read this to any child that comes into my life: mine, my brother’s, my best friend’s, doesn’t matter they all need to experience this story.
-A Bookish Girl