Author: Neil Gaiman
My Rating: 4 stars
‘An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons…. a real bedtime-buster’. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. Reading age approx. 9 yrs +.
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.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.
I buddy read this book with Noriko from Diary of a Bookfiend. This was my first Neil Gaiman book and it definitely want be my last. I listened to this on audiobook and I am so glad I did because it added to the story.
I don’t think I would have found it as creepy as I did if I would have read a physical copy of it. The audiobook is narrated by the author who does an amazing job telling the story plus add in the creepy songs it just brought it to life for me.
I think if I would have read this at a younger age I probably would have given it 5 stars but reading it now I picked up on some things that kind of bothered me a little. Like for instance the parents were there but it was like they didn’t care. Also Coraline is portrayed as being very brave which isn’t a bad thing at all but I think that it was a little unrealistic. There’s no way that someone her age would be completely brave all the time without showing she was scared.
This is meant for younger audiences which I think will love it. I also think you can enjoy this as an adult especially if you listen to the audiobook of it.