Coraline Graphic Novel

Coraline Graphic Novel

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ISBN-13: 9780060825454
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 34,980
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.


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.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England

Education:

Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Coraline: The Movie Collector's Edition

Chapter One

Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.

It was a very old house -- it had an attic under the roof and a cellar under the ground and an overgrown garden with huge old trees in it.

Coraline's family didn't own all of the house, it was too big for that. Instead they owned part of it.

There were other people who lived in the old house.

Miss Spink and Miss Forcible lived in the flat below Coraline's, on the ground floor. They were both old and round, and they lived in their flat with a number of ageing highland terriers who had names like Hamish and Andrew and Jock. Once upon a time Miss Spink and Miss Forcible had been actresses, as Miss Spink told Coraline the first time she met her.

"You see, Caroline," Miss Spink said, getting Coraline's name wrong, "Both myself and Miss Forcible were famous actresses, in our time. We trod the boards, luvvy. Oh, don't let Hamish eat the fruit cake, or he'll be up all night with his tummy."

"It's Coraline. Not Caroline. Coraline," said Coraline.

In the flat above Coraline's, under the roof, was a crazy old man with a big moustache. He told Coraline that he was training a mouse circus. He wouldn't let anyone see it.

"One day, little Caroline, when they are all ready, everyone in the whole world will see the wonders of my mouse circus. You ask me why you cannot see it now. Is that what you asked me?"

"No," said Coraline quietly, "I asked you not to call me Caroline. It's Coraline."

"The reason you cannot see the Mouse Circus," said the man upstairs, "is that the mice arenot yet ready and rehearsed. Also, they refuse to play the songs I have written for them. All the songs I have written for the mice to play go oompah oompah. But the white mice will only play toodle oodle, like that. I am thinking of trying them on different types of cheese."

Coraline didn't think there really was a mouse circus. She thought the old man was probably making it up.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.

She explored the garden. It was a big garden: at the very back was an old tennis court, but no-one in the house played tennis and the fence around the court had holes in it and the net had mostly rotted away; there was an old rose garden, filled with stunted, flyblown rose-bushes; there was a rockery that was all rocks; there was a fairy ring, made of squidgy brown toadstools which smelled dreadful if you accidentally trod on them.

There was also a well. Miss Spink and Miss Forcible made a point of telling Coraline how dangerous the well was, on the first day Coraline's family moved in, and warned her to be sure she kept away from it. So Coraline set off to explore for it, so that she knew where it was, to keep away from it properly.

She found it on the third day, in an overgrown meadow beside the tennis court, behind a clump of trees -- a low brick circle almost hidden in the high grass. The well had been covered up by wooden boards, to stop anyone falling in. There was a small knot-hole in one of the boards, and Coraline spent an afternoon dropping pebbles and acorns through the hole, and waiting, and counting, until she heard the plopas they hit the water, far below.

Coraline also explored for animals. She found a hedgehog, and a snake-skin (but no snake), and a rock that looked just like a frog, and a toad that looked just like a rock.

There was also a haughty black cat, who would sit on walls and tree stumps, and watch her; but would slip away if ever she went over to try to play with it.

That was how she spent her first two weeks in the house -- exploring the garden and the grounds.

Her mother made her come back inside for dinner, and for lunch; and Coraline had to make sure she dressed up warm before she went out, for it was a very cold summer that year; but go out she did, exploring, every day until the day it rained, when Coraline had to stay inside.

"What should I do?" asked Coraline.

"Read a book," said her mother. "Watch a video. Play with your toys. Go and pester Miss Spink or Miss Forcible, or the crazy old man upstairs."

"No," said Coraline. "I don't want to do those things. I want to explore."

"I don't really mind what you do," said Coraline's mother, "as long as you don't make a mess."

Coraline went over to the window and watched the rain come down. It wasn't the kind of rain you could go out in, it was the other kind, the kind that threw itself down from the sky and splashed where it landed. It was rain that meant business, and currently its business was turning the garden into a muddy, wet soup.

Coraline had watched all the videos. She was bored with her toys, and she'd read all her books.

She turned on the television. She went from channel to channel to channel, but there was nothing on but men in suits talking about the stock market, and schools programmes. Eventually, she found something to watch: it was the last half of a natural history programme about something called protective coloration. She watched animals, birds and insects which disguised themselves as leaves or twigs or other animals to escape from things that could hurt them. She enjoyed it, but it ended too soon, and was followed by a programme about a cake factory.

It was time to talk to her father.

Coraline's father was home. Both of her parents worked, doing things on computers, which meant that they were home a lot of the time. Each of them had their own study...

Coraline: The Movie Collector's Edition. Copyright © by Neil Gaiman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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How I Came to Write Coraline
More than ten years ago, I started to write a children's book. It was for my daughter, Holly, who was five years old. I wanted it to have a girl as a heroine, and I wanted it to be refreshingly creepy.

When I was a boy, I lived in a house that had been made when a larger house had been divided up. The irregular shape of the house meant that one door of the house opened onto a stark brick wall. I would open it from time to time, always suspicious that one day the brick wall would be gone, and a corridor would be there instead.

I started to write a story about a girl named Coraline. I thought that the story would be five or ten pages long. The story itself had other plans.

We moved to America. The story, which I had been writing in my own time, between things that people were waiting for, ground to a halt.

Years passed. One day I looked up and noticed that Holly was now in her teens, and her younger sister, Maddy, was the same age Holly had been when I had started the book for her. I sent the story so far to Jennifer Hershey, my editor at Harper Collins. She read it. "I love it," she said. "What happens next?"

I suggested she give me a contract, and we would both find out. She agreed enthusiastically.

I bought a notebook and started to write in it. It sat on my bedside table, and for the next couple of years I would scrawl 50 words, sometimes 100 words, every night, before I went to sleep. A three-day train journey across America was an opportunity to work, uninterrupted on Coraline. Getting stuck on American Gods, a long novel I was working on, gave me the opportunity I needed to finish Coraline's story. A year later, I wrote a chapter I had meant to write but had never gotten around to, and Coraline was finished.

Where it all came from -- the Other Mother with her button eyes, the Rats, the Hand, the sad voices of the ghost-children -- I have no real idea. It built itself and told itself, a word at a time.

A decade before, I had begun to write the story of Coraline, who was small for her age, and would find herself in darkest danger. By the time I finished writing, Coraline had seen what lay behind mirrors, and had a close call with a bad hand, and had come face to face with her other mother; she had rescued her true parents from a fate worse than death and triumphed against overwhelming odds.

It was a story, I learned when people began to read it, that children experienced as an adventure, but which gave adults nightmares. It's the strangest book I've written, and, I like to think, the one of which I am most proud.

--Neil Gaiman

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Coraline Graphic Novel) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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
Fainting_Project on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A disappointing adaptation of Gaiman's bestselling children's book, lacking the whimsy (and horror) of the novel and animated feature. The art direction here is its greatest failing: gone are Dave McKean's weirdly delightful illustrations, replaced with fairly pedestrian, charmless representations of characters and locations. The story itself doesn't seem to translate well into the graphic novel medium, as Gaiman's descriptive powers and the distinct cadences of his prose are largely lost in translation here.
derfman on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This was an okay GN adaptation from Gaiman's novel. The story is presented well, though I was a bit disappointed with the artwork. For such a whimsical story, the artwork is pedestrian and workman-like. I was expecting a bit more whimsy. Then again one can make the argument that the "just the facts" art was on purpose since nothing can match what is conjured by the mind.
CorAlin3 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
about a little girl who moves to a new house and she fines a door and ask were it goes to and it doesn't lead anywhere but then she open it again herself without her mom and it lead to anther place with her mom with buttons in there eye she said she was waited for her to come but also the mom said doesn't every body have 2 pairs of parents
tnelson725 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Coraline and her family move into a new home and she tries to discover everything she can about it. She finds a door that doesn't seem to go to anywhere and inside she finds another world that is parallel to her. In this world, she has an Other Mother and an Other Father, who have buttons for eyes. Coraline soon realizes that her Other Mother wants to keep her in this world and, when Coraline escapes, captures her parents. Coraline has to go and save her parents by using her cleverness and bravery. I really liked this graphic novel. It took me a little bit longer to read than I had expected because of the illustrations, which were very detailed. The button eyes really kinda freaked me out!For the classroom, I would discuss with the students how just because another life may seem better, does not mean it is so. Just because sometimes they are unhappy with their parents, doesn't mean that their parents don't love them. Not everything is what it seems.
thelittlereader on LibraryThing 8 days ago
let me first state that i have not read the book version of this, so i have no means for comparison. i picked this up at the library as my first graphic novel ever, so i also have no sense of expertise on graphic novels or their quality/merit. so, that out of the way, i really enjoyed Coraline, although i think i would have enjoyed it even more if it hadn't been dark outside when i read it. it was just a tad on the creepy side, which was definitely not what i was expecting from my first graphic novel. yeah, i'm a wuss.the story naturally centers on a little girl named Coraline, whose family has just moved into a large estate that is shared by a couple of elderly ladies and their dogs, and an old man and his mice. they are all quirky and fun and keep Coraline occupied when she isn't off exploring the land surrounding the property, as a latchkey kid of sorts. we jump right into the creepiness when Coraline finds a locked door that occasionally opens to another portion of the house, which brings her into an alternate version of her life, with zombie-like versions of everyone else.my favorite part of this, being that it was my first graphic novel, was the art. i found myself lingering on the images, studying them, even when there was no text. there was an unbelievable amount of detail to the drawings, at times, that was really impressive. it could just be my lack of familiarity with graphic novels, but there was so much to take in that it was sometimes overwhelming.the storyline itself was very simple and clearly written, which was pretty impressive considering how few words are really in the book. the characters could have been better developed, but i did appreciate how clever Coraline was when it became apparent that she might be stuck in her alternate life forever. as a pseudo coming-of-age book, and a definite nightmare inducing children's book, this was a good choice and i'm glad i picked it up.as my first graphic novel, i was very happy. it was simple and beautifully executed and has definitely opened me up to the potential of having the graphic novel make a more regular appearance on my bookshelf. and for that, i'm very thankful!
Vanessa.B. on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Summary: ¿Coraline¿ is about a girl name Coraline. Coraline moved to a new house, the house use to belong to her grandmother. Coraline hates that her parents work all the time and don¿t have spare time. One day Caroline discovers a magical door that makes her life the way she dreams it would be. It is filled with fun with her family.Personal Reaction: This story reminds me of Alice and wonderland the way Coraline is in an alternative universe. I liked this book, I liked all the descriptions and the picturesClassroom Extension Ideas:1)Have the class write about their dream world.2)Have the class get into groups and have them talk about their favorite part of the book.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Have you ever wished you had a different life?Coraline did. And then her wish came true... Be careful what you wish for.This book came out in 2002; the film appeared in cinemas in 2009. We were living in England at that time. Our then 13 year old daughter begged to see the film. Of course I said "If you read the book first." And she read the book.As Halloween has just passed by on the pages of the calendar the story came to my mind. I don't like scary films. Horror isn't my think. I decided it was time to read Coraline for myself to see what it was all about.I was pleasantly surprised.Yes, the story is a bit eerie. But the story is really pretty nice; it definitely carries some themes in its pages.Sometimes we wish for change in our lives when we really don't have it so bad. Coraline felt forgotten by her busy parents. Their busyness, however, had nothing to do with their love for her.Parents, though, can look at this part of the story as a strong reminder. Yes, we are busy; sometimes unbelievably so. But do we really want to give our children the impression that we are too busy for them? At times in the past I have used reminders such as this to wake myself to the point of view of our children. I am going to make an extra effort, starting now, as I have in the past, to stop what I am doing when one of our many children comes to me with a request. If I truly can not fulfill that request of my time at the moment then I am going to be extra sure to make the time as soon as I finish the task that was at hand. I have always, always been blessed when I have acted in this manner; and I believe our children have to.I think my favorite line from this book is:"Coraline slept uneasily that night, waking from time to time to plot and plan and ponder, then falling back into sleep, never quite certain where her pondering ended and the dream began, one ear always open for the sound of something scratching at her windowpane or at her bedroom door.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
As interesting as the story was (as with all of Neil Gaiman's works), the art of this "graphic novel adaptation" seem to lack the charm that the movie adaptation of the original had. The button for eyes is still creepy though.
Anietzerck on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I really enjoyed the movie and since I needed to read a graphic novel as part of a reading challenge, I chose to read the book in order to compare it to the movie. Although pretty twisted for a young adult book, I thought it was great. When I was a young adult, it would have been right up my alley!
kdangleis on LibraryThing 8 days ago
The fantasy Coraline: The Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman is a treat for the middle school reader. While the story is about a girl, the graphic novel format will appeal to both genders equally. This novel is an adaptation of Gaiman¿s original novel, which has also been made into a motion picture. Every child has thought about being kidnapped, but what if it happened in a different realm, still located in your house? The adventures provided by her new house allow Coraline to escape her boring world and delve literally into another world, perhaps the one nightmares are made of? While the chances of disappearing into another realm are slim, Coraline¿s reactions to the events that take place there are completely believable. The illustrations add a great deal to this novel. The movie picture type flow with the realistic looking characters (how readers would imagine them to look) make the story even more believable.
paulafonseca530B on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Audience: Grades 6 through 8 Coraline lives with he mother and father in a converted flat. The place used to be a house, but it was turned into a multi-dwelling unit before the family moved in. There are neighbors¿below Coraline¿s flat live Miss Pink and Miss Forcible, and above it, a crazy old man who trains mice¿but no other children are around. Coraline wishes life could be different. Coraline¿s parents are too busy, and with no one else with whom to play, she is always bored. Coraline wishes life could be different. To keep herself occupied, she explores her surroundings. She finds a mysterious door, but there is only a wall of bricks behind it. During the day, that is. At night, the door opens to a world that is a mirror image of Coraline¿s own flat and inhabited by parents that look a lot like Coraline¿s. The difference, however, is in the eyes. They have none; in their place, there are black buttons. They offer Coraline everything she wants¿doting love, tasty food, fun and games. What could possibly go wrong when one has everything one always hoped for? Coraline soon learns that there is a price to be paid. When she realizes the Other Mom kidnapped her real parents, Coraline must once again go through the door to rescue her family. In the process, she must face her fears, battle nightmarish versions of those whom she loves, save the souls trapped in the Other Flat, and defeat the Other Mom in her own game. To accomplish these daunting tasks, she counts with the help of a black cat, a sharp-tongued and clawed creature that will guide Coraline in her quest to free her parents. In the end, it is Coraline¿s wit that wins the battle over the Other Mom. What if one could have everything one wished for? Coraline uses this common human desire to explore the notion that deep down inside, no one really wants it to come true. As a coming-of-age tale, it debunks the childish notion that life would be perfect if all our wishes came true. When the old man promises to fulfill all her whims, Coraline realizes that this kind of a life would be empty and pointless¿without a desire to drive one¿s path, everything is meaningless. Coraline is also the literary expression of the popular saying, ¿The devil finds work for idle hands to do.¿ Coraline¿s boredom breeds the perfect circumstances upon which the devilish Other Mom preys. Once her ordeal is over, Coraline learns to appreciate her family despite its shortcomings, and she finds in herself the strength and courage to stand on her own two feet. Coraline, The Graphic Novel Adaptation is beautifully illustrated and can work quite well with students who need language scaffolding to access the story¿s content. The original story lends itself well to visual interpretations, and its adaptation to both graphic novel and film media attests to this fact. Many young readers can identify with Coraline¿s situation¿busy parents, lack of friends¿and find in her quest and subsequent victory momentary solace for their own problems. The book also addresses the themes of materialism and entitlement without being preachy or obvious. Readers can learn a valuable lesson through Coraline: ¿What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn¿t mean anything?¿ This is an important lesson for children to learn¿the value of a thing is not in the thing itself, but in the hard work one has put into acquiring it.
frood42 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
In this graphic novel adaptation of the Neil Gaiman book, Coraline is bored and feels neglected by her parents, so she goes exploring in her family's new large house. Through a door that used to lead to a brick wall, Coraline finds another version of her apartment, where two button-eyed people who resemble her parents claim to be her Other Mother and Other Father. Though Coraline spends an interesting day in their company, she realizes that there is something sinister going on when her actual disappear. The story is strange and creepy, and the narration effectively describes the fantasy in unique language that is almost poetic in word choice and usage. For example, when Coraline reaches the boundaries of the alternate world, she encounters trees that ¿seemed very approximate, like the idea of trees¿ (p. 82). The artwork compliments the story, and the characters' faces are expressive, even those who only have buttons for eyes. Early scenes of Coraline convey the loneliness and isolation she feels, and the first appearance of Coraline's button-eyed Other Mother is quite startling. As the Other Mother's artificial world begins to collapse, the artwork, appropriately, becomes rather surreal. Though the story works well in graphic novel format, this version somehow did not seem as creepy as the original book; the images seemed to scale-down some of the terror and fright from the original version. However, it remains a fairly creepy fantasy good for middle school readers.
edenjean on LibraryThing 8 days ago
The graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's popular young adult novel "Coraline" is accurate and clever in its attempt to transform the text into images. The graphic novel is accessible to those who haven't read the novel, as well as readers new to the worlds of Neil Gaiman. I would recommend it for older children and young adults, though if a parent were reading it to a child younger than 10 I think that would also be appropriate. There are quite scary and strange elements throughout the story, which become even more frightening when actually drawn out for the reader, although I don't think that the book should not be given to younger children to read on their own.Coraline moves into flat in a large, old house in the country in the week before school starts. Coraline's parents are quite absent from her day-to-day life and don't want to be bothered at any time by their daughter; nor do they care about her wants or wishes. One day Coraline opens a door in her new house and discovers her Other Mother and her Other Father: new parents in a new world who have black buttons for eyes. Coraline's Other Parents are very attentive and do everything they can to make their daughter happy. However, if she is going to stay with her new wonderful parents Coraline has to have buttons sewn on her eyes too.Now Coraline is a girl that thinks for herself and stands up for what she wants, at least, she is in this new world. She does NOT want buttons for eyes, and she does not want to stay with her Other Parents forever. What if her real parents were worried about her? Coraline soon comes to discover that her Other Mother is very bad and has taken her real parents hostage and doesn't intend to let Coraline ever leave.The adventure really begins when Coraline must find her parents' souls, save them from the Other Mother, and escape from the strange world she gets stuck in. The girl cleverly finds solutions to every blockade in her path and successfully outwits the Other Mother.Young readers will find it easy to relate to Coraline's boredom in her new home with her absent parents, and will love following the girl on her adventures to escape from the creepy Other Mother. Gaiman weaves a wonderful tale of growing up, finding your way, and being brave in the face of your fears.
gma2lana on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I originally watched the movie, and must admit, I was lost, and didn't much care for it. Then my daughter had to read it for reading class, and my reading group decided to read it for the book of the month. It was a good read, and I understand the movie better now, in fact, I would like to watch the movie again.
TaylorHutton on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Summary:Coraline is a girl who ends up in a creepy alternate universe. The people are the same minus the fact they have buttons for eyes. This book is totally dark and twisted, and probably not for everyone. The graphic novel is amazing, it gives the right amount of creepiness with the artwork, and I found it almost chilling as we follow Coraline through her dark and twisted adventure.Personal Reaction:WOW! I read this book as a child and I loved it. The graphic novel did not disappoint. Definitely creepy and fun. I haven't seen the movie, but this version did so well at capturing the meaning and darkness of the book.Classroom Extension:1. Have students draw and explain their own alternate universe.2. Have them act out parts of the novel.
KaraCalderon on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Summary:This is the graphic novel on original book Coraline. It is about a little girl who moves into a new house with her parents and becomes bored. She finds a door that she goes in that seems to lead nowhere until she finds herself in an alternate reality where she has an other mother, and other father. She thinks this is great until she finds that everything is not as it seems.Personal Reaction:I thought this was a dark story, but in the end made her appreciate what she had, which I think all kids can learn from. Classroom Extensions:1. Have the students write why they are thankful for their family.2. Discuss how sometimes things aren't as they seem, and how we can use our words to relay how we feel, and ask questions to find out what is really going on.
JohnWWW on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I'm sure there is a name for this subgenre of scifi/fantasy story. "Alice In Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz" are probably the best-known examples of stories in which a young girl is transported from a mundane life into a fantasy land. Unlike Alice and Oz, though, "Coraline" has stakes. Coraline is not just having an adventure; her fantasy world is ruled by someone more wicked than the Wicked Witch herself, and who wants nothing more than to make Coraline her own. "Coraline" is a fast-paced, dark adventure in which a young girl shows just how brave and clever a young girl can be. Girls need all the adventure hero-role models they can get, and Coraline is one with no magical powers, or hidden birthright that anyone can relate to. As a bonus, this story suggests that there may be some pretty fantastic things right here in our own world.I highly recommend this to anyone who has read the novel and/or seen the movie.
kbell12 on LibraryThing 8 days ago
The adventure of Coraline and her quest to save her parents was exciting and at the same time a little disturbing. This is a scarier fairy tale than kids are probably used to reading in this day and age. This graphic novel version was a quick read, but I can't say it was a favorite of mine. The story had a good plot with many obstacles that Coraline had to encounter in her quest to save her parents. I think this would be a good book for reluctant readers to spark their interest in reading.
librariankristin on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel by Ohio illustrator P. Craig Russell captures the inherent creepiness of Coraline and the button-eyed people on the other side of the door. A movie adaptation of the book is also due out in 2009, so this title is certain to be popular.
MMWiseheart on LibraryThing 8 days ago
I absolutely loved this book! It's about a boy who quests to find a fallen star to give to the girl he loves. There are many dangers outside the city of Wall and along the way, he realizes that he may not actually love the girl he thought he loved. It's a wonderful tale of destiny with lots of adventure.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This is the graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman's book of the same title. I read it because it was the only copy of the book I could get easily and it was worth it. It's a quick read, only partly because it's a short graphic novel. The real reason is because it's quite a page turner. The pictures, in addition to the language, draw you into the story and, unlike so many graphic novels, really do seem to come alive on the page. Even thinking about it now, it's like I was watching the book happen, not reading it. The story is strong, and is about a little girl who moves with her parents into a new home. It reminded me, in the best way, of Spirited Away. Coraline finds a door that is supposed to open into a brick wall, but instead leads her to another world. She must battle an evil woman trying to be her mother, in order to free her family and friends. Gaiman's writing, as usual, is terrific and the drawings are wonderful. I cannot wait to see the movie and read the actual novella, of course.
sheherazahde on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This is a scary story about a girl named Coraline (not Caroline). She and her parents have just moved into a new home. School has not started yet and she is very bored so she goes exploring. Her explorations open up a dangerous door into an alternate world where a woman claiming to be her "other mother" wants her to stay forever. I can't think of another story that is like this, except that a lot of fairy stories are very much like this. It feels totally modern and ancient at the same time. Mr. Gaiman has a genius for reinventing classic ideas. I got both the text and graphic novel versions. I think I prefer the graphic novel although the text version is a little more scary because you have to imagine everything for yourself.
eduscapes on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Over the past few years, I've become a fan of Neil Gaiman. I particularly like the way he doesn't "talk down" to young people. He knows the fears, concerns, frustrations, and interests of today's kids. P. Craig Russell has recently adapted and illustrated Gaiman's award-winning novel, Coraline. This wonderful adaptation of the original work is an excellent example of how graphic novels can bring a new dimension to reading. Coraline's strength comes from the real-world world of young adults who are bridging childhood and adulthood. They strive for independence, but are still closely tied to their parents.It would be fun to form a reading group that analyzes the many novels for young adults that have been adapted to the graphic novel format.It would be fun to match Coraline with other graphic novels such as a Clive Barker's The Thief of Always for a middle school literature circle on fantasies dealing with alternative worlds.
nicholspdx on LibraryThing 8 days ago
After reading the novel and seeing the movie I couldn't have asked for more with this adaptation. So pleased it stayed spot on true to the novel but looked nothing like the movie. Deserving of the awards it won.