Rating = 4
This is a highly original, quirky book. I listened to it and the recording was read by the author, which added to the richness of the work. The story is told in chapters that almost stand on their own as separate stories. Each story is another lesson learned by Bod, but they also eventually come together as a whole. Although the book won a Newbery Award in 2009, parts of the story may be too scary for younger children. It's listed as a top ten favorite book by teens on the YALSA website. As an adult, I LOVED Gaiman's command of the language; his irony and references to things only adults would probably be aware of. There is something to enjoy for audiences of any age!