The idea of ‘The Graveyard Book’ – A little boy is raised by ghosts / the dead who have lives, homes and a society of their own – made me think a little of ‘How the Dead Live’ by WIll Self. But the similarities are mostly just the comic dead characters and their voices/personalities. These characters, I thought, were well written and funny – each with a distinctive personality and way of speaking. Of the main characters – I particularly loved the characters of Silas and Mrs Lupescu, plus the villain The Man Jack.
The gang of Jacks made me think a little of the gang in ‘The Ladykillers’ – but I think this was as much to do with Chris Riddell’s amazing illustrations as the characters themselves.
Overall I really enjoyed it and I thought it pulled together an exhilarating and page turning end. Though it was strange to send a boy of fifteen out into the world alone – I was a little worried for Bod, not all the baddies in the world are 1950’s villains in black. But I guess if I worry for him that shows I believed in him as a character, he was a very likeable hero.