Friday, October 29, 2010
Neil Gaiman reads The Graveyard Book free online
"It's kind of like The Jungle Book, only instead of a jungle it's a graveyard. It's about this 2-year-old whose family is killed, and who is adopted and brought up by dead people and taught all the things that dead people know." ~ Neil Gaiman ~
It doesn’t get any better than this for Halloween and even after; author Neil Gaiman reads all eight chapters of his Newbery Medal and Hugo Award-winning bestseller, The Graveyard Book, online and free of charge.
Going hand-in-hand with a new literary tradition started by Gaiman, “All Hallows Read,” this online telling intends to put spooky, spine tingling books in the hands and minds of children for Halloween.
Each chapter of the Graveyard Book is almost like a novel unto itself and is presented in video format.
Chapters vary in length from approximately 25 minutes to just over an hour.
Suggested reading levels for The Graveyard Book are ages 9-12, but more often than not, Gaiman’s superb storytelling and rich language as well as imagery crosses boundaries well into the adult world.
In a different video that is below and not part of Gaiman’s book tour readings, he shares his inspiration for The Graveyard Book.
You can connect to Gaiman’s free video readings of The Graveyard Book at Mr. Bobo’s Remarkable Mouse Circus, the author’s official website for young readers.
After you hear the entire book, you may want to view some of the informative question and answer sessions that took place during his book tour.