Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Modern Fantasy
Age Level: Juvenile 8+
Plot: When Coraline, an adventurous little girl, moves into a new house she is intrigued by a door in her drawing room that opened up to a brick wall. Until one day when she opened it and walked through a secret passage into another house, the same as her own… only different. In this new world she had another mother and another father who looked like her own parents but instead of being boring and not caring about her they were fun, exciting and loving…. with buttons sewn over their eyes. Coraline learns quickly however, that things in this other world are not as good as they may seem.
My Thoughts: This is definitely a delightfully creepy book. Creepy creepy creepy. But still wonderful. I’ve heard that many parents are scared to let their kids read it because they think it would be too scary for them but kids seem to love it and I’d have to say that I did too.
The wonderful thing about Coraline is that it sucks you in with an exciting story while teaching children a very simple lesson… to be happy with what you have. We’re always thinking that the grass will be greener on the other side but that’s not always true. Coraline even says at one point while in the other world that she doesn’t want to be in a world where she can have anything she wants because then those things are meaningless. She learns that she can be happy with what she has instead of always wishing for more.
The character of Coraline is top notch as well. She’s a wonderful role model for young adventurous children who teaches children how to be brave and strong even when they don’t feel that way on the outside.
I actually saw the movie first before I read the book (which I hate to do) so I was constantly comparing the book to the movie and I’d have to say that for once the movie actually does the book justice! Tim Burton has no problem with making it creepy as all get out and although little things are changed I don’t think the changes take anything away from it.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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