- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408886995
- ISBN-13: 978-1408886991
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coraline Paperback – 2016
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About the Author
Neil Gaiman, author, scriptwriter and creator of graphic novels, is British and lives in the USA. His diverse catalogue of books includes the novel The Graveyard Book, winner of the Carnegie Medal 2010 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009, Stardust (now a major feature film), the bestselling novel for young readers Coraline (now a major 3D-animated film) and the picture book The Wolves in the Walls, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. www.gaimanbooks.co.uk @neilhimself
Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New YorkTimes bestseller the Edge Chronicles . www.chrisriddell.co.uk.
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Just a question though
Wonder how the hand escaped from the other side of the door. I remember Coraline immediately closed the door after coming to her real home. And locked the door as well. If the hand knows some other hidden passage- why can't the other mom use it?
I personally love the cat- it talks with Coraline in the other world, but becomes mute in the real world. The cat's the only one Coraline can trust and rely on in this parallel house where everything and everyone else is scheming to trap her there forever.
Love her journey from the little boredom ridden corner of her room to the world on the other side of the dark bricked door in their hall, and back again.
Coraline is a precocious kid who almost everyone insists on calling Caroline, who lives with her loving but preoccupied parents in a huge house. So huge, in fact, that it has been divided into multiple houses, occupied by interesting characters for sure. There is an old man who is trying to train mice for a circus show, and who have a message for Coraline - they are the only ones in the house, apart from her parents, who seem to get her name right, and there are two retired stage actresses who think of their days of glory long gone and reading tea leaves to tell the fortune and fate of anyone walking through their door. So one day, Coraline is thoroughly bored because it has been raining outside, and takes up her father's advice to go counting. Counting things like the number of windows in the house, the number of doors in the house, and finds that one door is locked and blocked. Her mother even shows her that. Till it is no longer bricked and blocked, and Coraline walks through the door one day when her parents are not in the house. There are parents in the other house, where her other mother has buttons for eyes, and her nails are just that longer than normal, and her other mother wants to keep Coraline in the other house. Except that she cannot, because of something in Coraline's pocket. Coraline's real parents, on the other hand, have gone missing. Or have they? Can Coraline find her parents, and get away from her seriously creepy and scary other parents.
Neil Gaiman has written a dark and gripping story that may not be suitable for all eight year olds. Adults will however love the book. The book reminded me at least a little bit of Roald Dahl's books. Yes, almost all of them are seriously creepy, especially "The Witches". This book ratchets up creepy just a little notch more. Coraline is one tough nut who is brave - read the book to find out!
This is the first book of Neil Gaiman I have read, and I am itching to read some more!
Newly moved into an aged apartment, Coraline (not "Caroline" is bored. Her parents are too busy to do anything with her, and her neighbors are either insane or boring.
It's the sort of relentlessly dull world that any little girl would want to escape from -- until Coraline does. She encounters a formerly bricked-up door that leads into an apartment in another world, which looks eerily like her own. In fact, it's so similar that she has a taloned, button-eyed "other mother" and matching "other father," as well as a chorus of singing, dancing rats and magical toys.
At first Coraline is fascinated by the other world, especially since her other parents are very attentive. Then she finds her real parents sealed inside a mirror. With the help of a sarcastic cat, Coraline ventures back into the other world. But with her parents and a trio of dead children held hostage, Coraline's only hope is to gamble with her own freedom -- and she'll be trapped forever if she fails.
Without Neil Gaiman's touch, "Coraline" would just be another story about a kid who learns to appreciate her parents. But he infuses this story with a dark fairy-tale vibe -- decayed apartments, dead children in a mirror, beetles, disembodied hands, monsters that cling to the wall with souls in their grip, and rats that sing about how "we were here before you rose, we will be here when you fall."
That dark, cobwebby atmosphere clings to the increasingly nightmarish plot, as Coraline navigates a world where the other mother has every advantage. And Gaiman's wordcraft is exquisitely horrible -- the other mother's hands are compared to spiders, her hair to undersea tentacles. And the fate of the other father is a magnificently ghastly thing.
He even infuses poetry into the horror ("A husk you'll be, a wisp you'll be, and a thing no more than a dream on waking, or a memory of something forgotten"), and a fair amount of macabre humour ("I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" "Oh yes. I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back").
Coraline herself is a wonderful little heroine -- strong, sensible, self-sufficient but still fairly freaked out about what is happening around her. The sarcastic cat is a wonderful counterpoint. And the other mother is the stuff of nightmares -- she's utterly inhuman and merciless -- who "wants something to love. Something that isn't her. She might want something to eat as well."
Neil Gaiman creates eerie, slightly warped worlds like nobody else, and he does an exquisitely horrible job in "Coraline." Just never go through the door.
The best thing about it is that it's words are so graphic that you cannot but picture it beautifully I front of your eyes.....
Go for it...
Fall time is the best to be reading it...
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