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Coraline Reviewed by Children's Books for Parents on February 3.

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 … Continue reading

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

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Coraline

By: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Level: 12-13

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.

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  • Dan

    A friend recommended this book to me a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t until I saw the exciting trailer for the upcoming movie that I actually sat down and read this. I’m so glad I did! The plot is simple enough, girl finds a secret door that leads her into a spooky yet similar world full of danger and excitement, but the story itself is a never ending thrill ride! It’s tastfully creepy (think Nightmare Before Christmas) and full of important themes such as love and family. It’s short in length (I finished it in a single sitting!) but enough happens that it feels like you just completed a lengthy novel!

    I haven’t read anything else by Neil Gaiman so I can’t compare it to his other works, but if you like fairy tales (especially ones that are a bit creepy) then this is the perfect book for you or anyone else of all ages! I can’t wait to watch the movie now!

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book. It was definitely a creepy book but worth the time and money. Wonder how the movie will turn out.