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)
Neil Gaiman manages to write the sort of creepy that seems charming on the surface, but once the story lingers and resonates it grows more horrifying - yet still I'm charmed! The whole idea of "The Other Mother" makes me shudder. Does she want something to love, or something to eat? Neil Gaiman has become one of my favourite writers because of his ability to deepen meaning with a seemingly casual line of dialogue. His writing is wonderful, and his narration enjoyable. He has a lovely voice.
This book is an old favorite of mine. I love it when he reads. His voice is deep and had a flow that cannot be matched. Listen to this book.
A classic and popular Neil Gaiman title that makes for excellent bed time reading. A well thought story accompanying a wonderful narration that is sure to make any youth or adult sleep well and make use of wild imagination. Easy reading and a wonderful way to enter into the words and worlds of Neil Gaiman.
For those who have seen the film before reading the ending may seem a bit slow. Don't fear though all the fun is still there.
this is very rare of me to acknowledge that the movie version is better than the book, the earlier chapters seemed a bit boring honestly and Coraline seemed like an emotionless girl to me even when she met the other mother for the first time, it is not until she went beck to free her parents that it felt like Niel Gaiman book. to be honest Henry Selick did a great job altering the story a bit for his movie, his version seemed creepier and scarier than the book. But it is always great to hear Niel narrate a book.
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.
Another home run by Neil Gaiman. This is probably intended for children, but I was enchanted by the creepy story ( but nothing too horrific, certainly suitable for kidlets). Neil Gaiman is SUCH a fabulous narrator !
Listened to this on Road trip, kept my 5th grader listening and engaged thru the entire story.enjoyed by parents too!
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