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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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review 2016-11-12 01:20
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

If I was to use this in a classroom it would be in grades 5-6. I would choose to only use this in older grades because of the intensity of the text and the upper level vocabulary. In a lesson I would use it for a whole group lesson to test on comprehension and vocabulary. If I wanted to teach a moral lesson, the story helps students see that you should be thankful for what you have right now because not all things are better on the other side.

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review 2016-11-12 01:07
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

If I was to use this in my classroom it would be in grades 5-6. The reason I would only use it in the older grades would be because the intensity of the text and the vocabulary included. This would be a whole group read that the students would be tested on for comprehension and vocabulary. The students can learn from the story to appreciate what they have and not look for things to be "better"

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review 2016-11-11 04:58
Coraline
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

This book is a very unusual book that I would classify as a children's horror novel. Coraline comes across a secret passage corridor that leads to an alternate universe consisting of her "other mother" and "other father." Everything is the same in this alternate world, except her other mother with buttons as eyes seems to be giving Coraline the attention she has always wanted and longed for from her real mother. Will Coraline decide to stay in this other world or will she soon realize that she misses her real mother and want them back from the wicked other mother? The intended audience for this novel, I would say, would be 5th grade. Students younger than this I feel would get lost in the plot or get lost in Coraline's plan to get her parents back. An activity I would do with this book would be for my students to design a plan to trick the other mother into letting them go back to the real world. The students would have to write their plan in sequential order with specific instructions. This activity would be a great ordering activity as well as descriptive writing activity!

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