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)
Very different from the film version. Interesting and dark, with good moral lessons. Highly recommend it.
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While not quite "The Matrix" nor even "Alice in Wonderland", Coraline is a story well told, developed, and equally woven between the story world and ... an under-story world. Neil presents yet another masterfully crafted fantasy while easily having its own place in reality with how mainstream society can so easily induce individualism to the detriment of the nuclear family and further risking the entity of society itself. A must for readers of fiction.
Although I don't have any children, I found Neil Gaiman's story delightful to listen to. This wasn't the first Neil Gaiman book I listen to and I can say that this author has found a unique click into the imagination of children. What's more is that the more I listened to Coraline, the creepier I found the story. This is not a watered-down version of a tale for children. No, this is a creepy tale meant for children and I suspect that some children, especially the very young, would be scaried to listen to it.
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This was a good book. It was even quite scary if you put yourself in Coraline's shoes. Creepy, silly and lots of fun. Gaiman is a good narrator, as well. Its awesome to know he could read me a book anytime!
I thought it well written and the reader was excellent. Coraline though a little dark was well worth the listen. (What's up with the singing mice?)
The book is spooky, yet childlike. It's quite similar to the movie, although the secondary character "Wybie", was not in the book. Gaiman reads his own books, and does an excellent job. The background music was produced for the book, and suits the mood far better than the canned music used in many books.
If you like spooky fantasy stories in the thirteen+ age range, this is an excellent choice.
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
I have been trying to become more familiar with children's lit, so I chose this one because it had some good reviews. The narration was great. The story was very juvenile because of its lack of literary merit and real depth, but did contain some rather dark elements.
I recommend it if you've got a child under ten years. Well under ten years.
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