Monday, December 12, 2016

Neil Gaiman Novels: A Dark Magical Ride for Children’s Imagination

Stories with dark, scary undertones overcast with mysticism and allure and with young protagonists that display bravery and vulnerability—a theme that has distinguished Neil Gaiman in his craft. Famous for his children's books that adults also delight in, Gaiman through his protagonists teaches children how to prevail victoriously in the face of something scary. In introducing Gaiman's books to kids, two literary pieces stand out:

The Graveyard Book was awarded a Newberry Medal in 2009 for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. The story revolves around a boy named Nobody Owens who lives in a graveyard and was raised by ghosts. While the book starts with a grim story and a plot that treads on sinister unfinished business, “The Graveyard Book” is an adventurous, fantasy-filled story with just the right amount spook to thrill middle-school readers.

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Coraline teaches the value of appreciating what one has. Coraline is a young girl who is faced with an alternative, seemingly perfect world, with her "other" parents who are just like her real ones, only with button eyes. She later discovers that the other world is not as it seems, and the story becomes a quest to fight the evil that lies within.

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Joseph Cianciotto is a digital media expert by profession and a full-time husband and father. Apart from spending time with the family, Joseph also enjoys comics and books, home renovations, and ping pong. Subscribe here for more blogs on family and life.

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