This book was an obvious choice when it came to something to read aloud to Luke (age 8). I've read a few of Gaiman's books and this one is aimed at his age group (without a dumbing down of vocabulary). The main character is an orphan raised by ghosts and others in a graveyard. He's given the name Nobody Owens, but goes by Bod. The story is creepy and weird, yet light-hearted. Luke enjoyed it and kept asking me to read more when I was going to finish for an evening. Finally, with about 30 pages left to go, he couldn't stand it and asked if he could continue reading it on his own before final lights out. He polished it off before I returned to turn out the light, then I finished it myself later that night. It's a cool story. We both enjoyed it.