Nail Gaiman says that inspiration for The Graveyard Book struck 23 years ago, when he was watching his son ride a tricycle through a cemetery. The night a mystical killer murders his family, a child toddles off into a graveyard, where he’s adopted by a loving, even-keeled ghost couple.
What is the purpose of The Graveyard Book?
The Graveyard Book traces the story of the boy Nobody “Bod” Owens who is adopted and reared by the supernatural occupants of a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered.
How old was Bod when he left the graveyard?
Back in the story, six-year-old Bod is upset when Silas says that he will be leaving the graveyard for an investigation. Silas leaves Bod in the care of Miss Lupescu, which upsets Bod further.
How did BOD have powers in the graveyard book?
Bod has powers because he is endowed with them by his new supernatural family. These powers, known as “Freedom of the Graveyard,” are only usable in the cemetery and include communicating with the dead, invisibility to humans, and movement through solid objects.
What time period does the graveyard book take place?
Most of the time, it feels like this novel could be taking place hundreds of years ago, because the ghosts in the graveyard died long ago. They talk and act like they’re from the 1800s, or the 1600s, or even longer ago.
Who was the Sleer in the graveyard book?
The Sleer is a mysterious being that resides in the graveyard’s barrow grave. Bod only sees the Sleer once; it’s huge, with three heads featuring indigo designs and the body of a snake. It speaks in a hissing, slithery voice, and Bod can also hear its body slithering around the walls of the barrow grave’s chamber.
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