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review 2017-04-07 01:02
Coraline
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

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 read-aloud to my students during free time.

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review 2017-04-04 06:24
Coraline
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

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 parents". The Other parents look just like her parents except they have buttons for eyes and act quite strangely. She goes back and forth between the worlds until she decides she like the other world better. Her Other mother tries to get Coraline to sew buttons onto her eyes so she can stay in that world forever but Coraline figures out that her Other mother is just doing this to control her. The Other mother holds Coraline there until she escapes back into the real world with her real parents. This would be a great chapter book for advanced readers in the class.

 

Lexile Measure: 740L

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review 2017-03-31 15:07
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

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.

The book is a great way to build character, setting, and plot development.

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text 2016-11-19 08:07
Bookhaul #34

I wanted to wait with this bookhaul until I got the last few books of the year, but I decided to show them now to you already. 

Finally (yes finally) I got some books by Neil Gaiman. I'm not that interested in American Gods etc., but I really wanted to get and read The Graveyard Book and Coraline. I love children's literature (as you could have already guessed if you look at what I've read this year haha) so I'm really glad I finally got those two. I decided to go for the boxset because those covers look amazing! My plan is to start The Graveyard Book after I've finished my current read, so that's why I wanted to show you guys this boxset now.

 

What is your favorite book by Neil Gaiman?

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review 2016-11-16 12:01
Coraline
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,P. Craig Russell

Another stellar graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, I am starting to be a stalker of this man. I have read the novel of Coraline but as I was volunteering the other day at the library, I came across this graphic novel as I was organizing this section in the children’s department. Neil’s name nice and bold right at the top, a picture of a timid Coraline holding a luminous, melting candle in her bare hands stared at me front and center and suddenly parts of the story started to come back to me. There is something about reading Neil’s stories, he immediately hooks you in and sets you on an exciting journey where along the way you will be entertained, amazed, and hungry for more. Inside his stories, if you look, you will find a message which Neil doesn’t come right out and state but it’s there. I enjoy being whisked away inside Neil’s stories, I don’t feel lost or confused as the pages melt away, I feel as if I am watching a movie in a book, a story were I am moving the speed of the movie by just how long I want to take in each scene. There is a mysterious element to this novel and by watching the characters movements and facial expressions, it is expressed and I am drawn not to just the words on the page but more to the illustrations and what they say. The creepy fingers, the eerie eyes, the long arms which seem so out of proportion for a person that I know something just is not right and those extra lines drawn on the faces, concern and age are pulling that person down. The novel was easy to follow as Coraline, not Caroline adjusts to her new home.

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