The Graveyard Book celebrates youth and helps us feel the magic of childhood all throughout. In many ways, Bod’s childhood is a childhood like anyone’s. But because we know that Bod came this close to not making it past the baby stage of life, he seems particularly special. Oh, and because he lives in a graveyard and has all kinds of wild adventures in supernatural realms, romps with supernatural creatures, his life seems particularly exciting. He does enjoy his adventures, but he’s just as concerned with formal and not-so-formal education. He gets more concerned as he gets older and learns about his past. The Graveyard Book is a classic coming-of-age story, and Bod leaves the graveyard pretty prepared for life in the real world. Or does he? What do you think?
Bod’s childhood is really sad – he’s separated from children his own age, and doesn’t get to learn the skills that will help him in the real world.
Bod’s childhood is magical – he gets to have amazing adventures and he has a kind and loving community that’s devoted to him.