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)
Audio recording equipment was a problem.
This story made me think of a little girl who complained that her mother wouldn’t buy her special clothes. So her dad (the author) makes up a story about “false replacement parents” who claim they will do everything she wants and claim they will love her, but in reality they are monsters who will hurt her.
The little girl finds herself locked in this other bad place. She has to find a way to save herself and others.
The author narrated this book. He was good as a reader. But he did not use proper recording equipment that removes breathing noises. His breathing was not as bad as some, but it was noticeable. Quality narration does not do that.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: childrens fantasy, monsters.
Listened to this on Road trip, kept my 5th grader listening and engaged thru the entire story.enjoyed by parents too!
Writer and illustrator, gardener, cook and mother... A woman with too many hats to name!
I do love his style and I always enjoy his tales. This book was absolutely wonderful... Even for an adult.
somehwer in between d'moon and the fuckin' stars and meteors
That bitch wit dem button eyes is mutha fuckin crazy as tits on toast.
That mutha fucka could make my dick hard just by whispering' and shit
lades got buttons eyes!!!
I would highly recommend this audio book and its printed counterpart. Neil Gaiman's writing style is both imaginative and scary. 5 stars!
Top quarter. Its a good story. I loved listening to Neil Gaiman himself as he read the book.
How she gets rid of the hand at the end.
Anything with the "other mother."
Lot of great quotes.
by Neil Gaiman
I'd give this classic 4 black buttons out of 5.
Now, let's see... What's a good way to describe this book? Several words come to mind.
Creepy. This is probably one of the most common words used to describe this book.
Clever. I think this word describes the protagonist quite well.
Hand. Yes, the hand! See the first word.
The novel, Coraline, follows a young girl of the same name - Coraline Jones. Her family recently moved into a new apartment, surrounded by some very eclectic and interesting characters. It was all very viseral.
When Coraline's parents get absorbed in their work, and personal activities, they fail to pay attention to her, and she decides to go exploring. Along the way she meets talking animals, former theatre actresses that want to tell Coraline's fortune, and a loony guy on the top floor that swears mice talk to him and play him marching band music. It's all very mysterious feeling.
The book really starts to take off when Coraline discovers a small door sealed off by a brick wall in one of the parlors. One night she follows a mouse into the door and through a dark corridor, and out the other side in a bizarro world of sorts. There she meets her "other mother," and "other father." Those parents eventually reveal that they want her to stay with them, and their black buttons for eyes. As the story moves along, Coraline realizes that her "other mother" is some kind of god-like creature that created the other world she then found herself in, and continues to manipulate it to keep Coraline there.
The story is about Coraline's exploring nature, and how, even though her parents weren't paying much attention to her, there was nothing she wanted more than to be with her family again.
This is a really good novel, full of palpable adventure, and creepy characters and environments. And it's not just the descriptions that create the creepy ambiance, but the dialogue too. The "other mother" is very tricky, and subtle in her lies and deceptions. Coraline rises to the occasion, however, and delivers a creative, satisfying ending, besting the "other mother" at her own game.
If you or your kids don't mind slightly horrific scenarios and characters, then you'll likely receive this well. Note: This book was adapted into movie form, and it was well received.
Note: This book was adapted into movie form (clay/stop animation I believe,) and it was well received. You might want to check that out too.
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