Only it's different...
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
©2002 Neil Gaiman; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)
Although this is ostensibly a children's book, I would hesitate to let my 10-year-old listen to it because it's really rather disturbing. For anyone older than ten, though, it's a lovely read, and Gaiman's narration adds a great deal. Coraline's dark adventure with the "other" mother is chilling and paced exquisitely. Highly recommended!
I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter, and decided to read it first so that I could make sure it wasn't too scary, and so that we could talk about it. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't put it down. Wonderfully spooky and evocative -- and delightfully scary (but not too scary). Now I have the audiobook for my daughter, and other kids in the family. By the way, she really liked it too!
It's been nearly 4 years to the day, actually, since I read Coraline for the first time. Hearing it performed by the author (I could listen to Gaiman read anything) is a real treat. The voice and words wash over you and pull you effortlessly into the world of a young girl and the danger that threatens to end her very existence. It has suspense, peril, and the kind of bone chilling horror that you rarely find outside a Stephen King novel.
Just about anything with his name on it is pure gold. Such a cute story about the dangers of wanting what you can't have. Neil is a master story weaver and an unparalleled narrator. His voice is melodic and pleasing to the ear. One of his best children's books! Second only to "The Graveyard Book". Don't skip this one!
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Did not appeal to me. I kept reading the first chapter and it never resonated with me.
adorably creepy fable
Coraline herself is a very colorful depiction of most little girls her age.
Great book for little kids.
I've loved reading and re-reading Coraline since I first read it soon after it was originally published, and this audiobook rendition is absolutely stellar. Neil Gaiman narrates his own novel, and his performance is pretty much perfect. Clear and easy to follow, yet expressive enough to make the book even more entertaining that the print version was. There's also a few decent musical pieces that are suitably creepy, albeit a little forgettable.
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