Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted June 22, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Digital Audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman

Published by HarperCollins on April 24, 2012
Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult
Length: 160 pages or 3 hours, 36 minutes
Source: Overdrive

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

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

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 courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman's first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.

Neil Gaiman is remarkably good at creepy-crawly stories.  He writes worlds that you are curious about, but perhaps don’t want to live in (but maybe you do, just a little).  I read The Graveyard Book last year and it was amazing.  In reaching for another of Gaiman’s childrens books, I was hoping for the same.  I know lots of people who love Coraline, and I wanted to be one of those people too.  However, with Neil Gaiman I tread carefully, because his books are very hit-or-miss for me.

Coraline… was somewhere in the middle.

There are moments in this book that really jumped out at me and I enjoyed – the room behind the mirror, for example.  I think Neil Gaiman is a master ghost storyteller, and I delight in those sorts of spooky/lovable scenes from him.  Then there were other moments that bored me.  When I’m listening to a children’s book and wishing it would just “get on with it already,” that’s not a good sign for me as a reader.  Children’s books are usually quite fast paced, but I felt like Coraline just kept dawdling.

A lot of this is unfair.  If I were a ten-year-old girl, Coraline would have frightened me.  In fact, I can only thank my lucky stars that this book wasn’t around when I was little, and that my father isn’t a reader, because it’s just the sort of ghost story he would have enjoyed telling.  And I would have been quivering beneath my sheets worried that my Other Mother would be out to get me because I had been petulant that day.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any child who likes thrills and chills.  It’s a really, really good family read for bedtime as well, as long as the little one wasn’t too inclined to frights.  It was a fun little book to read, and as always, Neil Gaiman’s narration is impeccable.  It won’t go on my list as BEST BOOK EVER! but it was an entertaining book and well-deserved of the praise it gets.

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