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)
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.
Say something about myself? Hmmmm, let's see......ummm...I read....and read....oh! Right! I read some more! And I like coffee ;)
I am usually plaques by nightmares or depressing dreams. Falling asleep is not an easy thing for me. I don't know what it is about this story that is so appealing to me but it helps with that. It is by no means boring. It just helps to distract my brain enough with something interesting and imaginative to help me fall asleep. It sometimes helps with the nightmares as well. I almost wish audible had a repeat feature :)
Dark, alluring, entertaining.
Coraline, of course!
Gaiman's performance made the book. I would have loved the book anyway, but he reads line and dialogue in a way that never would have occurred to me!
Yep--I think I actually did!
Neil Gaiman's magical magical voice. It's the best way to hear his books really
THE RATS! so creepy!
Everything. He's a master and I love him deeply.
Gaiman is the perfect reader of his own stories, he presents his story with the nuance that only its author can deliver.
Coraline is one of Gaiman's most approachable stories, truly for children of all ages, meaning simply that it recalls in all of us the uncertainties and resultant horrors of living in this world as a child. Gaiman brings us all our fears remembered, and ultimately overcome. A classic modern tale.
....I was even a bit scared by it! What a great story...with an ending that didn't disappoint. I was expecting the ending to be a happy little fluffy ending but WAIT....there was more....how exciting and fabulous!!! Coraline was a wonderful and very smart heroine and the book had a lot of interesting and spooky and gooey and creepy twists and turns. It was so much fun to read that I decided to go out and check out the audio book at the library for my kids to listen to. How much fun was that to listen too???!!! Neil Gaiman narrates the book and he is wonderful.......just wait until you hear the rats sing.......creepy, creepy, creepy. My kids just ate it up.....they loved it and couldn't get enough of it!
A great listen for all from YA to adults. Neil Gaiman has written a good story and does a marvelous job of narrating it.
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