Coraline by Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Release Date: 6th October 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Buy it: Amazon
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.

My Thoughts
Let me start by saying that I loved this book.

Neil Gaiman did an amazing job, while creating the "other world": the few descriptions were so vivid, and the characters were so believable (though their spookiness) that in a few pages I was already so engaged in the book that I shivered! Though the "other world" where Coraline finds herself in, is indeed different from her own world, there are a few similarities between this strange "other world" and the ordinary one from where Coroline comes from, that make it more spooky!
As many reviewers have said, this book resembles Alice in The Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, though in the world that Gaiman created the creepy factor is much higher!
Coraline is an amazing chracter . In spite she's young (her age is not specified, but I would say she is 9 or 10 years old) she's very smart and she has an interesting way of understanding the behavior of the "strange" adults around her. Besides that, Coraline is very courageous and she doesn't give up when she really wants something.
This book is directed for children but I believe teens and adults will appreciate it.

What do you think?


  1. The cover isn't that appealing but it sounds really good :)

  2. I know. This is the old cover there are new covers out because of the movie


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