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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted by Caitie F on November 3, 2009

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaima
Paparback: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperFestival
Year Published: 2002
Rating: ++++

Summary from

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

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, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. 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 and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.


Coraline is a great children’s book that adults and young adults can enjoy too! It is a little creepy/scary, but I am afraid easily and I was okay reading it (and sleeping at night!)! Coraline is a great example of a child who feels ignored at home and the entire story results in her boredom and her feeling of being ignored.

Gaiman creates a scary villain in Coraline’s other mother. The descriptions get creepier and creepier as her mask melts away and the reader (and Coraline) see what she really is.

Coraline is mostly on her own, with the exception of a cat and the ghosts she is trying to save, and has to use her wits and bravery to defeat the other mother and save the day.

Other thoughts:

I actually saw this movie a week before reading the book, which I usually try to avoid. Because I did that, I actually enjoyed the movie more. I wish I had read the book first because there is a chance I still would have liked the movie more. That isn’t saying anything against the book, the movie was just so well done. The movie did a great job of imagining the other world and everything in it! I wish I could have made my own picture it, but the movie did a great job!

The movie added another child character in Wybie who annoyed Coraline, helped show the other mother was trying to make Coraline happy, and in the end, actually helps Coraline. That he helps her in the end disappointed me after I read the book. In the book, Coraline is very creative and has to think her way through the problem and in the movie she needed a boy to help her.

That said, they are both fantastic and if you have not read the book or have not seen the movie, you should check it out!

Which did you like more?


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