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Coraline Graphic Novel Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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And while some books are drained of their magic and mystery by being turned into graphic novels, "Coraline: The Graphic Novel" doesn't suffer from that problem. It's a haunting little dark fairy tale full of decayed apartments, dancing rats and eerie soulless doppelgangers, and P. Craig Russell graces Gaiman's story with lifelike, eerie illustrations.
Newly moved into an aged apartment, Coraline (not "Caroline" is bored. Her parents are too busy to do anything with her, and her neighbors are either insane or boring.
It's the sort of relentlessly dull world that any little girl would want to escape from -- until Coraline does. She encounters a formerly bricked-up door that leads into an apartment in another world, which looks eerily like her own. In fact, it's so similar that she has a taloned, button-eyed "other mother" and matching "other father," as well as a chorus of singing, dancing rats and magical toys.
At first Coraline is fascinated by the other world, especially since her other parents are very attentive. Then she finds her real parents sealed inside a mirror. With the help of a sarcastic cat, Coraline ventures back into the other world. But with her parents and a trio of dead children held hostage, Coraline's only hope is to gamble with her own freedom -- and she'll be trapped forever if she fails.
Neil Gaiman's writing is some of the most vivid and evocative that you'll find in literature, full of nightmarish details and creepy characters.Read more ›
But it's only a bricked-up passageway sometimes......
Other times, it leads to a bizarre mirror-image of her new home, complete with "Others".. ...perfect duplicates of her real parents and neighbors....except for the long, sharp fingernails, and the black buttons sewn in place of their eyes......And they don't want Coraline to leave. They want her to stay with them, forever......Forever and ever and ever.
CORALINE is the new graphic novel adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, adapted and illustrated by the legendary P. Craig Russell. Russell has collaborated with Gaiman on four other projects before CORALINE, and his art is a perfect fit for this story. He can do mundane details of everyday life every bit as well as he can portray the more fantastic elements of the often-disturbing tale. The thing that struck me most while reading the book was how much Coraline herself looks like a real little girl. As an avid comic-book fan, I can tell you with some degree of certainty that 99% of comic artists can't draw a realistic-looking child to save their life. They usually look like shrunken adults, or oddly-formed midgets. Coraline not only looks right, but Russel also gives her all the quirks and tics a restless young girl would have in real-life. Just check out page 49, where Coraline is standing on one leg, holding the other leg up behind her....Brilliant little touches like that are everywhere, and the story is much richer for them.Read more ›
Graphics are creepy and disturbing and perfect for the story.
This book may be way too scary, suspenseful, and/or intense for some children. Parents should pre-read.
Maybe also try "The Ghosts" by Antonia Barber or "The Children of Green Knowe" by L. M. Boston -- neither one is as terrifying as Coraline.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loves the movie Coraline so I decided to buy her this book. The only thing I can say is that she doesn't want to stop reading which is fantastic. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tania C. Saddler
I've read this before and yet had forgotten. It was just as magical the second time around. It's my goal to someday finish every Neil Damian graphic novel ever written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I, really did like this graphic novel that is why I gave a five star rating.Published 2 months ago by james brown
Coraline is a delightful coming-of-age story with horror elements meant to keep you on your toes. Nothing beats the original novel, however, and my personal opinion is that the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by babyrose
This was a very interesting graphic novel. I also think it's relatable for all ages.Published 3 months ago by marshana johnson
Quite frankly this is a boring book because it's no better than the old coralline books it's play funless and it's not even Scarry so there's no point of getting this bookPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter loves the movie but the comic is so much betterPublished 3 months ago by Porfirio Villanueva
I love Coraline - I'm a sucker when it comes to Neil Gaiman anyway! And I've grown very fond of P. Craig Russell's work. So what can I say...? :)Published 4 months ago by Nina Caramelita