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Coraline - Chris Riddell, Neil Gaiman
Coraline
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Despite being mostly known for his fantastical graphic novels and adult fiction, Neil Gaiman's first book for children is everything that you would expect from such a massive imagination as his. It's special and wonderful and very weird indeed. Described by some as the new Alice in Wonderland,... show more
Despite being mostly known for his fantastical graphic novels and adult fiction, Neil Gaiman's first book for children is everything that you would expect from such a massive imagination as his. It's special and wonderful and very weird indeed. Described by some as the new Alice in Wonderland, Coraline is actually more bizarre than that, much more frightening and its modest length definitely adds to the book's undiluted potency. Shortly after moving into an old house with strange tenants above and below, Coraline discovers a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room. And it is locked. Curiosity runs riot in Coraline's mind and she unlocks the door to see what lies behind it. Disappointingly, it opens onto a brick wall. Days later, after exploring the rest of the house and garden, Coraline returns to the same mysterious door and opens it again. This time, however, there is a dark hallway in front of her. Stepping inside, the place beyond has an eerie familiarity about it. The carpet and wallpaper are the same as in her flat. The picture hanging on the wall is the same. Almost. Strangest of all, her mum and dad are there too. Only they have buttons for eyes and seem more possessive than normal. It's a twisted version of her world that is familiar, and yet sinister. And matters get even more surreal for Coraline when her "other" parents seem reluctant to let her leave. Her attempted escape from this nightmare alternative reality sees Coraline experience a chilling series of ever more bizarre encounters. Some are plainly odd, others disturbingly spooky and together they combine to form an immensely readable story. It's like all the best bits of the Goosebumps books condensed into 160 pages. A unique reading experience guaranteed. (Ages 10 and over)--John McLay
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781408818619 (1408818612)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Bookish thoughts!!!
Bookish thoughts!!! rated it
5.0 Coraline!!!
German and english review Inhalt: Coraline ist mit ihren Eltern in ein düsteres altes Haus gezogen. Die Nachbarn sind reichlich merkwürdig: Der verrückte Herr mit Schnurrbart erzählt von seinem Mäusezirkus, die schrulligen Schauspielerinnen warnen sie vor dem tiefen Brunnen im Garten. Noch merkwür...
Children's Literature
Children's Literature rated it
5.0 Coraline
Grade Level: 6-8 Lexile Level: 740L Coraline sets off to find what is on the other side of the small door in her new house. When she finds it, she thinks it is wonderful and is having a great time. However, what she finds is truly horrible and Coraline must find a way out. I would use this book as a...
GreyJordan23
GreyJordan23 rated it
4.5 Coraline
Coraline is a strange but interesting story about a little girl who moves into a new house while her parents still do not seem to pay attention to her. She goes against her parents rules and gets into a closet that transports her into a different world where she meets people she calls her "Other par...
Clint
Clint rated it
Grade: 5th Reading Level: W This book is about the discovery of the world that is around you. The main character finds her way to another world where she has finds the doppelgangers of her love ones. Here she must make a choice to stay in this new world or go back to the world she grew up in. Th...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
3.0 Coraline
The first fiction book from Gaiman was promising enough to make me look for more of his books.
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