How Popular Is The Graveyard Book?
September 9, 2009 By 7 Comments
Before we turn our attention to the forthcoming Newbery Medal winner, I’d like to briefly revisit the previous one. You’re all familiar, I’m sure, with the SLJ article about the lack of broad child appeal among the previous four Newbery Medal winners (KIRA KIRA, CRISS CROSS, THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, and GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!). When THE GRAVEYARD BOOK won this past year, SLJ was quick to praise the book as one that would be embraced by children and adults alike.
While I was as pleased as anyone with the selection of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK–it was my own personal choice for the Newbery Medal–I do wonder if SLJ overstated the popularity of the book just a tad. I don’t think, for example, that it has quite the universal appeal of HOLES or THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX.
What do you think? Now that it’s been a year since the book was published, and your copies have made their way onto your bookshelves and into the hands of your eager young readers, what are your impressions about the popularity of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK? How does it compare to the rest of the canon? Any great anecdotal stories to share about the reactions of young readers?