Fra Svenska Dagbladet

«Neil Gaiman blandar genrer friskt och ligger bakom den banbrytande serien Sandman och succéboken Coraline. I USA har han rockstjärnestatus, men i Sverige är Gaiman fortfarande en litterär doldis. För SvD berättar den 49-årige författaren varför barn är bättre än vuxna på att läsa böcker. Nyligen fick han världens äldsta barnbokspris, Newbery-medaljen, för sin nya roman Kyrkogårdsboken, som kommer på svenska nästa vecka. Titeln är en parafras på Djungelboken, och boken handlar om ett litet barn som förirrar sig in på en kyrkogård, och uppfostras av spöken och en godhjärtad vampy»

Fra Guardian blog

By awarding the Newbery Medal to Neil Gaiman’s well-regarded – and bestselling – The Graveyard Book, the committee has put the debate over the award’s relevance to rest.

In other words, by choosing Gaiman the Newbery is also choosing populism and entertainment. Millions read his work in some form or another and he is accessible, after a fashion, through his website, blog and other forms of social media. Gaiman is also one of the few authors who reaches out to young readers «increasingly bombarded with alternatives to reading – be it video games, instant messaging, social networking and, of course, old-fashioned television.» And yet, even though The Graveyard Book got very good reviews upon its release to coincide with its strong sales, its choice as winner so soon after debate raged about the Newbery’s overall relevance to readers could be seen as a tad fortuitous. The other Newbery finalists ranged from a work of poetry, a collection of intertwined stories and an examination of Tupac Shakur’s music filtered through young women – all well-regarded but nowhere near the level of visibility that anything by Gaiman could offer.