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Most Helpful Favorable Review

71 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

A lovely book

This lovely book has been through check-in many times at the library, and every time,one of my coworkers--a real Neil Gaiman fan--would tell me to read it. I'm so glad I finally did.

Coraline and her family move to a new flat that is part of a larger house, which is ...
This lovely book has been through check-in many times at the library, and every time,one of my coworkers--a real Neil Gaiman fan--would tell me to read it. I'm so glad I finally did.

Coraline and her family move to a new flat that is part of a larger house, which is appropriately big and creepy. While exploring her new home, Coraline discovers a large door in the drawing room. Her mother unlocks it (with an appropriately large, old looking black key, of course) to reveal a brick wall. When Coraline opens the door by herself, though, the brick wall is gone! She goes through a strange corridor and finds a flat exactly like hers, complete with copies of her neighbors and her "other" parents--all with shiny black buttons for eyes (I still don't understand the buttons, but they are rather creepy). Soon, Coraline realizes that her other mother is up to no good.

One of the best things about Coraline is that it's funny. Coraline tells it like it is. My favorite deadpan of hers occurs in a conversation with her neighbors, the delightfully named Misses Spink and Forcible:

"How are your dear mother and father?" asked Miss Spink.

"Missing," said Coraline. "I haven't seen either of them since yesterday. I'm on my own. I think I've probably become a single child family."

Ha! That still gets me. I thoroughly enjoyed Coraline's talkative feline ally, as well.

In the end, though, Coraline is more than just scary and funny at twists and turns. The quote at the beginning of the book--

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. --G.K. Chesterton

--fits Coraline's story very well.

This book was written for children, but I believe that people of any age group can enjoy it. I know I did!

posted by bookduck on May 26, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Freaky

Coraline was one of those books you read where at first it seems like a perfectly normal book but as you read it if you are a true reader who likes to really think about the book it is a bit unsetttling. The book is ok in some ways but on the whole the book is a little ...
Coraline was one of those books you read where at first it seems like a perfectly normal book but as you read it if you are a true reader who likes to really think about the book it is a bit unsetttling. The book is ok in some ways but on the whole the book is a little freaky. If you like books that freak you out then this book is for you but if you are like most sane people steer clear of this book. But if you are one of those people who like that kind of thing read the book then watch the movie.

posted by Book_WormCA on May 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Freaky

    Coraline was one of those books you read where at first it seems like a perfectly normal book but as you read it if you are a true reader who likes to really think about the book it is a bit unsetttling. The book is ok in some ways but on the whole the book is a little freaky. If you like books that freak you out then this book is for you but if you are like most sane people steer clear of this book. But if you are one of those people who like that kind of thing read the book then watch the movie.

    11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Coraline

    It was okay, but it is more of a book for an adventureous reader.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    I was very disappointed.

    As an English major studying this book in my Children's Literature class I found it hard to determine and age group for this book. It is too scary for younger children and too boring for older children. Although the book is beautifully written it is a little scary for a child audience because it uses the one thing that is supposed to be stable in a child's life: their parents. I think the concept is amazing I just think he could have been less graphic and accomplished the same end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    WIERD!!!

    This book was ok but, kinda wierd and confusing at times. I should have known it was going to be kind of wierd though since it's from Neil Gaiman the same guy who wrote the script for the movie Mirror Mask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    Dark and Depressing

    I would not recommend this book to children. It is very dark and almost too evil. (I am not someone who sees a lot of evil in books.) I found it depressing and a chore to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Not what I expected

    This book was really weird and out of the ordinary, and I'll say the author has a large imagination. This book moved way too fast, and I did not put it down, but it's definetly overrated. If the book were a little longer with more details it might have caught my attention, and I want my money back. It was extremely dissapointing, yet better than some books I've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    Not the greatest

    I decided to pick up my copy of Coraline after a classmate continuously explained how disturbing and greatly-written it was. I'm a HUGE fan of ghost stories and the paranormal, so I was excited to read it. But, a little through the book, I realized that it was hardly the greatest book ever. The author made out Coraline to be nearly emotionless; not surprised, shocked, or even nervous when she entered a world exactly like her own, filled with people that had black buttons as eyes, not fazed in the least bit when her 'other mother' locked her into the horrible second world. This factor really stuck throughout the book, and it made me pretty reluctant to finish the book, but I did. The story's plot was unclear (if I were to summarize the story for you here and now, I wouldn't know how). Being a twelve-year-old kid myself, I'm surprised that our advanced reading teachers would recommend this book to any student. I think the awards it has received are highly overrating this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    Interesting but....

    Boring and pointless. It teaches you nothing. It doesn't even have that much of a story. Confusing. I have read so much better books. Not recomended... sorry.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Boraline

    By the end of this book, I was calling it Boraline. My mom tried to read it, and came up with another name: Snoraline. It's not only tedious and uneventful, but the plot fails to make any sense. The only area Gaiman almost succeeds in is describing the setting. Unless you're an unimaginative child, don't waste your time!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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