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Coraline - 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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ISBN: 9780747558538 (0747558531)
Pages no: 171
Edition language: English
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Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
5.0 Review: Coraline [Graphic Novel]
Author: Neil Gaiman Adaptation & Illustration: P. Craig Russell Pages: 186 Wonderful. Whimsical with a slight hint of creepy. Coraline is a bright, adventurous child who doesn't get enough attention from her parents, but she's perfectly capable of occupying her time exploring. There is a cas...
Everyday Blessings
Everyday Blessings rated it
4.5 Coraline
When I started or better said, when I began reading this immensely strange and immensely weird novel, I honestly had no idea what to expect from its writer and what to expect from the novel itself. But as I progressed towards the actual beginning of the story, this novel wasn't just immensely strang...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
4.0 Coraline by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
I enjoyed listening to this far more than I enjoyed reading the same story in print the first time around. And I love the cat. Part of that may have been Gaiman's delivery of the cat's lines. Oops, I forgot to add that the rats' singing was super creepy.
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it
3.0
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleA good adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline in graphic novel form. There was nothing wrong with this book. It was good. It follows the story with interesting illustrations. What hurts this graphic novel most is that the film adaptation (which has entir...
Got Books?
Got Books? rated it
5.0 Exploring A New Home.
Coraline offers a very imaginative feature for children in upper elementary grades. It has very detailed, and descriptive mannerisms that really engage the reader. Although, it can also be scary, so i would not recommend this for younger grades. This book can relate to children because it is given f...
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