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)
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!
I live to ride my bike.
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.
Muy interesante la historia, muy bien narrada por el autor, en mi opinion la pelicula si le hizo justicia al adaptar fiel mente el relato pero con un tono mas infantil. No me dio miedo.
One thing that I particularly liked about this book is that Gaiman made it creepy and scary in a way that transcends age. If I'd been a kid, it probably would have scared me. As an adult, it creeped me out in all the best ways.
Yes, and I did.
Neil Gaiman has a wonderful voice, particularly when he's simply narrating as opposed to reading a character's words. I love listening to him read his work.
I enjoyed this book was that I enjoyed the movie. I think this would make good children's reading. Of course the moral is you never know what you have till you lose it
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