A book that is not this one wins the Newbery

by Suw on January 26, 2009

Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal today. It was kinda sweet watching him go through the winning process on Twitter:

neilhimself: woken up by assistant at 5.30 in the morning. Not quite sure why. All rather bleary, to do with someone trying to call. argh. — 13:47:53

neilhimself: oh. forget about it. — 13:50:32

neilhimself: About to drink second cup of tea without Marmalade this morning. Also, I just won the Newbury Medal for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. — 15:45:44

neilhimself: Newbery, not Newbury. Also FUCK!!!! I won the FUCKING NEWBERY THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME. I thank you. — 15:46:42

I thought I’d have a look and see if there was anything fun on Google News about it, and I stumbled across an article by the Associated Press, (I’ve linked to it even though I’m sure it will at some point be corrected), which appeared to be about an entirely different book.

The Associated Press: The horror! Neil Gaiman's spooky book wins Newbery
I do wonder what an interesting book that would be, though: a story about a family so hard, so callous that they indoctrinate their children by making them participate in the slaughter of an assassin. No wonder Bod ran away to the graveyard. Being brought up by a vampire would be a life of sweet innocence compared to the horror of parent-child bonding over a still-warm corpse.

Simon Dyda January 26, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Well spotted. I wonder if the writer responsible puts marmalade in his tea?

Miko Coffey January 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

hahahaha. stuff like that grates on my nerves almost as much as signs that say APPLE’S FOR SALE.

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