Coraline (Graphic Novel)

Coraline (Graphic Novel)

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Coraline (Graphic Novel) by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell

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. CraigRussell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060825430
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Edition description: Graphic Novel Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 466,568
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of more than twenty books and the recipient of numerous literary honors. 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.


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


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) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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
18876111 10 months ago
Having read the actual novel before reading this adaptation, I really enjoyed reading the story in graphic novel format. It was a much different reading experience which I expected. While I do feel like the artwork supplemented the text very well, it wasn't what I was expecting. The creepiness factor of the artwork was a plus.
Sandy5 More than 1 year 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?