Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Published by Bloomsbury
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Children
“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.
Recently Coraline and her parents have moved into one of those wonderful old houses that are sometimes converted into flats. Both of Coraline’s parents work at home, and sometimes she feels a bit ignored and bored. In those times she is encouraged to explore and so she does. First her neighbors. The Misses Spink and Forcible are two retired actresses who live together in the bottom flat, and up above is Mr. Bobo, who is an avid circus trainer of mice.
When her father tells her to count every door and window and everything blue, she does and finds out a door that it’s locked. That only leads to a brick wall. Well, most of the time it does. On some occasions, it opens up on a world just like this one, where Coraline finds her other mother, other father, and even other neighbors.
At first it seems quite nice, people pay more attention to her there, the toys are better, and, of all things, the cat talks. Soon Coraline finds all is not quite as it seems. Everyone has buttons for eyes, her other mother has strange hands that seem to have a life of their own, and there are a remarkable number of rats. Coraline has to face her fears if she wants to make things right.
Wow. That was a creepy book. I am glad I didn’t read this when I was a kid. Although I would have loved it anyway, I am pretty sure I would have nightmares…
Coraline was a pretty interesting book with a lovely moral! I loved how Neil Gaiman approached the subject; how straightforward and simplistic it was and mainly all Neil Gaiman’s books are. I really like his writing, it’s captivating, simple but interesting and in this case creepy.
I really liked Coraline as the main character: she was down to earth, simple but different, “independent” and also brave even when she was scared! Of course, it’s easy to show to a kid all they ever wanted and have a yes as an answer but Coraline saw the truth behind it – well with a bit of help but she did – and gave her everything to make it good.
I am also a BIG fan of Chris Riddell’s draws. I think they are fantastic!! Always slightly/totally creepy but amazing! And in this book, they really complemented it so well! I loved this edition!
I thought I saw this movie a long time ago but apparently, I didn’t and I am very happy about that! I never thought it would be like this. I loved the animation but I don’t think it’s a movie I would see again (maybe), or at least in many years. Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty cool, – cool and scary at the same time – and I actually liked it but there’s something that messes up with me when a movie I think it’s for kids turns this creepy…. SO glad I saw it but not again.
Have you read or seen the movie?
Which one did you like better?