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Coraline (Graphic Novel)
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Coraline (Graphic Novel)

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by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell (Adapted by), Lovern Kindzierski (Artist), Todd Klein (Artist)

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When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there's another mother there and another father,


When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

This beloved tale has now become a visual feast. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.

Editorial Reviews

"A virtuoso adaptation…a master of fantastical landscapes, Russell sharpens the realism of his imagery, preserving the humanity of the characters and heightening the horror, even as Gaiman’s concise storytelling ratchets up the eeriness."
Chicago Tribune
“This graphic novel is as dark, creepy, and brilliant as anything out there.”
Booklist (starred review)
“A virtuoso adaptation…a master of fantastical landscapes, Russell sharpens the realism of his imagery, preserving the humanity of the characters and heightening the horror, even as Gaiman’s concise storytelling ratchets up the eeriness.”
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Coraline Jones lives in an old house with her parents. She's bored—it's raining, her mother is grouchy and school doesn't start till next week—so when she opens the bricked-up door that goes nowhere and sees a dark passage, she follows it. Her other mother waits for her on the other side, with her long red fingernails and black button eyes. There are others living in this world: an old man made of rats and a pair of conjoined performers who do tricks with knives. When Coraline returns to her own world her parents are gone; the other mother has taken them because she wants Coraline all to herself—to love or to eat, maybe both. Coraline must return to the other mother's world to find her parents' souls; her allies are a black cat and three dead children who live in a mirror. If she succeeds, all will be well; if she fails, she will join the children in the mirror. Coraline is a terrific graphic novel; this adaptation of the Neil Gaiman story is very well done. The full-color art is creepy and atmospheric, a nice blend of dark fantasy and horror, and does not feel forced or awkward. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, and full of nasty surprises. Coraline contains scary imagery and is highly recommended for graphic novel collections where horror and dark fantasy are popular; Gaiman's many adult fans (you know who you are) will also enjoy this. Reviewer: George Galuschak
Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
This graphic novel is an adaptation of the modern classic. When Coraline and her family move into an old house, she goes exploring. She finds a locked door in the drawing room. When she finally opens the door, it appears to hide a brick wall. Then, one day she opens the door again and finds a passageway to another world. This other world is similar to her world but somehow oddly different and creepy. In this other world, she has a mother and father that look like her real parents except they have black button eyes, yellow teeth, and long fingers with sharp, scary nails. At first this new place seems fun and her "other parents" seem nice, but things start to unravel and Coraline realizes these new people have taken her real parents. Coraline must devise a plan to escape so that she can rescue her parents and leave this bizarre world. Kids will find it easy to identify with Coraline, and the illustrations capture every emotion she experiences. The details in each picture add to this eerie and strange tale. Kids that enjoy scary stories will really enjoy this book. Reviewer: Melissa Hower
Library Journal

Master fantasist Gaiman's creepy and wonderful 2002 all-ages novel Coraline won Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards. Acclaimed illustrator Russell-who previously collaborated with Gaiman on the beautiful "Ramadan" issue of Sandman, the Eisner Award-winning "Death" from Sandman: Endless Nights, and a superb comics version of Gaiman's prose story "Murder Mysteries"-here presents an excellent graphic novel adaptation of Coraline's story. When she and her parents move into an old house, the imaginative, adventurous, precocious, and neglected young Coraline discovers a door that leads only to a brick wall. But when she opens the door one night, the wall has disappeared. When she goes through, Coraline finds a home just like her own, only better, where her other mother and father (who look like the real ones, except for the big black buttons they have for eyes) want her to stay forever. When Coraline decides against this, her other mother kidnaps her real parents, and Coraline must brave unknown dangers to save them. Russell appropriately mutes the bright colors he's known for and faithfully preserves much of Gaiman's text and his tone of understated horror (and humor). Because a Coraline film is scheduled for early 2009, expect much interest. Highly recommended.
—Steve Raiteri

School Library Journal

Gr 6-8- This adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel (HarperCollins, 2002) reads as though it were intended for the graphic novel format in the first place. Insatiably curious Coraline is an explorer dedicated to discovering everything she can about the area around her family's new home. When she comes upon a door in their flat that seems to go nowhere, enters an alternate world that at first is full of interesting things and delicious foods-everything that she has longed for. However, the dangerous creature there-called the "other mother"- intends to keep her forever. After Coraline's parents are kidnapped into the other world, she sets off on a mission to rescue them. Russell's illustrations suit the tone of the story perfectly, from the horrific black button eyes of the people in the other world to Coraline's very telling facial expressions. The style is realistic, which makes the moments when the other world loses its solidity even more eerie. The pacing never lags, and Coraline's transformation into a girl who understands that having everything you want is the least interesting thing of all is natural. For readers who enjoyed the novel, Coraline is sure to complement their reading experience. Those who come to the book first as a graphic novel will be just as captivated.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
A deliciously dark graphic adaptation of Gaiman's modern classic is delivered with pitch-perfect accuracy and presented in a striking palette. Staying true to the original text, Russell's adaptation follows young Coraline Jones as she discovers a strange door in her otherwise boring flat. Once over the door's mysterious threshold, she meets her ghastly "Other Mother," a horrid-looking beldam with sinister, button eyes, long, yellowed teeth, spindly, tapered fingers with sharp, brown nails and a wry, baleful smile. Coraline's Other Mother intends to keep her in this horrible new world forever, and captures her real parents, prompting young Coraline to seek them out in this strange dimension. Russell, a veteran illustrator and collaborator with Gaiman, makes the novel positively jump off the page, sending shivers down its readers' spines. Colorist Lovern Kindzierski deserves special kudos for utilizing a masterful array of hues, working in smart synchronicity with the nuances of the tale. A stellar reworking of the original text, this is sure to delight established fans and to mesmerize newcomers. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Graphic Novel Edition
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Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

P. Craig Russell lives in Kent, Ohio, and has spent forty years producing graphic novels, comic books, and illustrations. He is well-known for his graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Sandman: The Dream Hunters, as well as his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series. His work ranges from such mainstream titles as Batman, Star Wars, and Conan to adaptations of classic operas and a Jungle Book series. He has won several Harvey and Eisner Awards.

Brief Biography

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Coraline Graphic Novel) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AndyMo More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Coraline who just moved into a new creepy condo with her mother and father. Coraline thought her life was boring, so one day she asked her mum what the odd door in the parlor was. Her mum showed her it was just a brick wall because the condo used to only one big house. The next day there was no brick wall, so Coraline walked in and entered a new world. After that Coraline's mother and father mysteriously went missing. Will Coraline ever get her parents back? Where have they gone? Read the book to find out. I would highly recommend this book, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, to a third to fifth grader who likes graphic novels, comics, and edge of your seat mysteries. ~KATIE
Sandy5 11 months ago
Another stellar graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, I am starting to be a stalker of this man. I have read the novel of Coraline but as I was volunteering the other day at the library, I came across this graphic novel as I was organizing this section in the children’s department. Neil’s name nice and bold right at the top, a picture of a timid Coraline holding a luminous, melting candle in her bare hands stared at me front and center and suddenly parts of the story started to come back to me. There is something about reading Neil’s stories, he immediately hooks you in and sets you on an exciting journey where along the way you will be entertained, amazed, and hungry for more. Inside his stories, if you look, you will find a message which Neil doesn’t come right out and state but it’s there. I enjoy being whisked away inside Neil’s stories, I don’t feel lost or confused as the pages melt away, I feel as if I am watching a movie in a book, a story were I am moving the speed of the movie by just how long I want to take in each scene. There is a mysterious element to this novel and by watching the characters movements and facial expressions, it is expressed and I am drawn not to just the words on the page but more to the illustrations and what they say. The creepy fingers, the eerie eyes, the long arms which seem so out of proportion for a person that I know something just is not right and those extra lines drawn on the faces, concern and age are pulling that person down. The novel was easy to follow as Coraline, not Caroline adjusts to her new home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The art was pretty well done, and almost had the same feel as the original book itself.
AuthorMomCC More than 1 year ago
Coraline is about a little girl who travels to another plane of existence. It is identical to her own home except much better. It is a world where her "other" mother and father are more loving and attentive to her and she has everything that she could want. However Coraline feels an underlying sense of evil in the other mother and decide to leave, intending never to return again. However when her parents are kidnapped by the other mother, Coraline must return to the other home to rescue them and make sure they all get out alive. I enjoyed this story. Coraline is a likeable, courageous and resourceful little girl. And even when she goes against advice and what she should do, she does so with bravery. Her habit of doing things when others advise against it is what causes her troubles, however that same quality helps her solve the problem. The only thing I had trouble with were long sentences separated by several commas that had me re-reading them. The story is a little scary for younger readers in that there is a closet-like door Coraline goes through to enter the other world which will remind readers of monsters in their closets. It is an entertainly creepy story.This was a quick read and I recommend it to ages 8 and older. Reviewed by Cherese Vines
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LynnEll More than 1 year ago
I used this book in my ESOL class. The students loved it! We took different parts of the book and acted out the different voices. The students are mainly boys but they didn't care about taking the part of Coraline or the mother, they loved it. The allowed me to have a very satisfying reading experience with my students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this graphic novel for my daughter, who loves the movie "Coraline". It's a little more realistic than the movie, but still very creepy. My daughter loved it. I wouldn't recommend it for young kids and/or people afraid of rats or spiders though. It might give them nightmares. Adults would enjoy this, too, since it's very mature for a children's book, especially if they like horror stories and/or graphic novels. The illustrations are nicely done. I'd recommend this for anyone who liked the movie "Coraline".
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This version of CORALINE is a graphic novel adaptation of the novel penned by Neil Gaiman.

The story follows a common theme in his works of the naive, yet determined, everyman who stumbles into an alternate reality.

The protagonist in this story arises in the form of a young girl named Coraline.

I found the dialogue to be smartly written and the narrative engaging. The artwork, while typical comic fare, set the visual mood quite well.

I greatly enjoyed this story. I found the characters likeable and believable in the context of the story, which in and of itself seemed to me to be an odd metaphor for "growing up."

I cannot recommend this enough to fans of Neil Gaiman's work or to someone looking for something just a little bit different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the past six years, I have started out the school year by reading Coraline for teacher read-aloud. Every year I have not been disappointed by the children's reactions: anxious, eager, in-tuned, totally enraptured by Coraline's journey. What more could you ask for?