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.
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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.