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Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

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By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
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I am not a particularly fast reader, and Coraline is quite short, but I still have to say that I read it in one day. Coraline is a girl who, while poking around in her parents' new flat, travels through a door to a flat just like their own. But this mirror-world is full of strange, alternate versions of places and people she knows. Everything is better and everyone is happy, and Coraline can even be a part of it, if only she allows black buttons to be sewn over her eyes. . .forever.

Neil Gaiman is, of course, a master of the wicked and strange. The juxtaposition of simplistic, fairy-tale writing and unsettling themes works to make a truly unique, dark piece. Gaiman's immense imagination is matched by his exquisite prose, where word selection seems precise and nothing seems wasted.

Coraline is short enough to enjoy in one sitting, but it'll be the entertainment value that’ll keep you reading until the last page is reached. You'd be doing yourself a disservice to not experience the strange, weird world of Coraline.


Everything was going wrong for Coraline Jones: Bad weather, grumpy parents, and a strange house called “The Pink Palace” with neighbors who always messed up her name. But one rainy day as she explored her new home, she came across a door almost too small for anyone. Inside, young Coraline found a world that seemed tailor made for her, along with a woman called "The Other Mother." Everything there seemed too perfect… until Coraline is asked to sew buttons into her eyes. That is when the dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a rare treat that caters to both kids and adults, playing on our own fear of change and the dangers of getting everything we could ever want. In Gaiman's iconic storytelling writing, Coraline isn't too graphic for young readers, yet subtle enough to send chills down the spines of most adults.

— From Nick's Staff Picks


This edition of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, Coraline—also an Academy Award-nominated film—is enriched with a foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.

"Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house...."

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a can't-miss classic that enthralls readers age 8 to 12 but also adults who enjoy a perfect smart spooky read.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning author and creator of many beloved books, graphic novels, short stories, film, television and theatre for all ages. He is the recipient of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, and many Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. Neil has adapted many of his works to television series, including Good Omens (co-written with Terry Pratchett) and The Sandman. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College. For a lot more about his work, please visit:

Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.

Praise For…

“Gaiman’s tale is inventive, scary, thrilling and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them.” — Washington Post Book World

“A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings…Well done.” — New York Times Book Review

“Coraline is by turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful…can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply.” — San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“A magnificently creepy story. Coraline is spot on.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Gaiman’s pacing is superb, and he steers the tension of the tale with a deft and practiced narrative touch.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing.” — Philip Pullman, The Guardian

“The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.” — Diana Wynne Jones

“It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.” — Terry Pratchett

“An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“ Walk through the door and you’ll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil.” — USA Today

“So wonderfully whimsical that readers of all ages will hungrily devour itCoraline is destined to become a classic. — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears.” — Times Educational Supplement

“A deliciously scary book that we loved reading together as a family.” — Orson Scott Card

“Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think. ” — Christian Science Monitor

“A frighteningly realistic fantasy. Lean crisp prose adds to the suspense and propels the story, and the eerie black-and-white illustrations by Dave McKean heighten the nightmarish quality of the tale.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Kids will hang on every word. Coraline is a character with whom they will surely identify, 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 (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780380807345
ISBN-10: 0380807343
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 208
Language: English