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Coraline Paperback – October 28, 2008
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“Gaiman’s tale is inventive, scary, thrilling and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Coraline is by turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful…can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply.” (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review)
“A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings…Well done.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A magnificently creepy story…Coraline is spot on.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
“Gaiman’s pacing is superb, and he steers the tension of the tale with a deft and practiced narrative touch.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing.” (Philip Pullman, The Guardian)
“The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.” (Diana Wynne Jones)
“It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece.” (Terry Pratchett)
“An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“ Walk through the door and you’ll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil.” (USA Today)
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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Frankly, I didn't know what to expect, but needed to read this for a book group discussion.
Young Coraline is indeed a very brave young heroine, empowered and very clever in the face of what the dangers are and lurk furtively in fairy tales! Young readers will find the adaptation to a two-dimensional situation easier to digest than an older, less flexible reader where the blurred realities are more burdensome.
"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
I expect that my children would have loved hearing me read this to them when they were younger...I mean when you can actually talk to a cat with attitude...how cool is that?
"What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names."
Some reviewers have shelved this novella in their "horror" category, but that is not at all what I experienced!
I allowed my `inner child' to peek behind the mirror and fall through the "rabbit (rodent) hole!"