The Graveyard Book – Literature – Writing Style

Gaiman uses a vivid, haunting writing style whereby he can switch from humor to sadness within a single sentence. (
Furthermore, each chapter describes a different phase or adventure of Bod’s life. All the chapters are kind of closed stories and can stand alone. But it makes more sense to see them as a part of a whole novel.
Gaiman talked about the challenges and the claims he set himself during writing in his acceptance speech for the 2009 Newbery Medal: “I wanted the book to be composed of short stories, because The Jungle Book was short stories. And I wanted it to be a novel, because it was a novel in my head. The tensions between those two things was both a delight and a heartache as a writer” (Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children’s Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works, p. 70-71).