Coraline, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (15 ratings)


"Sometimes funny, always creepy, genuinely moving, this marvellous spine-chiller will appeal to readers from nine to ninety." - "Books for Keeps". "I was looking forward to "Coraline", and I wasn't disappointed.

In fact, I was enthralled. This is a marvellously strange and scary book." - Philip Pullman, "Guardian". "If any writer can get the guys to read about the girls, it should be Neil Gaiman.

His new novel "Coraline" is a dreamlike adventure. For all its gripping nightmare imagery, this is actually a conventional fairy story with a moral." - "Daily Telegraph".

Stephen King once called Neil Gaiman 'a treasure-house of stories' and, in this wonderful novel, which has been likened to both "Alice in Wonderland" and the "Narnia Chronicles", we get to see Neil at his storytelling best.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780747562108

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Quite possibly the creepiest children's book ever - at least for adults. ;-) At one point we ended up with three copies because Paul had one, and I had one, and Paul had given one to his Mum who had declared it far too creepy and given it back.I've just re-read this in preparation for the film release. It's a quick and enjoyable read. Coraline is a wonderful 10-year-old female role model; the magical world is truly magical; the monsters are scary and the parents are a bit daft.It did, on second reading, strongly remind me of another of my favourite children's books, 'With One Bare Foot' by Ana Maria Matute. If you can get hold of a copy in your preferred language, I can strongly recommend it.

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very scary childrensbook, but very well written. The plot is very neat and the story contains may original twists. It is a childrens book so the sentences are a bit short and staccato, but that does not stop you from being sucked into the story.Coraline lives in a weird house. She finds an entrance into another mirror universe. At first that seems like a wonderfull place, except that her mirrored parents, her "other mother" and her "other father", look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin... and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door.Beautifull illustrations!

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A childrens novel, Coralines New Flat has a door that leads sometimes to a wall sometimes to her creepy Other Parents with button eyes.A well told tale. No doubt it is scary if you're eight.

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Coraline Jones (her first name's pronounced so as to rhyme with 'horror'-'wine' according to His Coolness himself) is rather bored during her summer holiday, and explores the house within which she and her parents live in an apartment.The other tenants include Miss Spink and Miss Forcible - too old dears who'd trod the boards in their prime, and the strange man upstairs whose mouse circus isn't yet ready for public demonstration, because the mice won't play the right songs. Still bored, her father tells her to make suggests that she makes a map of their apartment. And so she does. In so doing, she also notes that there are 153 blue things, 21 windows and 14 doors.Only 13 of the doors open, however. The fourteenth door, when she finally gets her mother to unlock it, simply opens on to a brick wall.At which point the whole tale gets magnificently spooky, and I promise, just as Terry Pratchett does in the blurb, that you will never think of buttons in the same way again:They went into the kitchen. On a china plate on the kitchen table were a spool of black cotton and a long silver needle and, beside them, two large black buttons.Ultimately, the tale boils down to one of Coraline having to rescue her parents from something evil's clutches, aided only by a stone with a hole in it, and a nameless cat.It's a children's book: Teh Neil says that the general consensus seems to be that children love it, and it gives grown-ups nightmares. Whatever, it's a cool story (although too short! Wah!), albeit somewhat sinister in places, and definitely worth getting hold of.

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coraline is bored. its the school holidays and she has nothing to do. she’s explored her new flat and all the surrounding grounds. she’s also visited her neighbours, the rather rotund miss spink and miss forcible, and mr bobo who lives upstairs - but no-one listens to her and they all call “caroline”.then one day, while exploring, she discovers a locked door. her mother unlocks it, only for coraline to be confronted with a brick wall. on the other side, her mother tells her, is the flat in the house that has still not been sold. however, that night coraline finds the door ajar and sees a shape dart through the doorway and the next day when coraline opens the door she finds the bricks missing and a dark passageway stretching before her.waiting for her at the end of the passage is her other mother… and another world. everything from her world is duplicated in the other world - only things appear better. her other parents have time for her, the food is delicious, there are loads of things to do and the neighbours get her name right! but things which at first appear so good aren’t quite what they seem… the paintings on the walls look wrong, the now-thin miss spink and miss forcible are a bit disturbing, everyone has black buttons for eyes and theres something rather hungry about the way in which her other mother loves her…i enjoyed coraline quite a lot and i found it rather chilling at times. its such an original story that it was a treat to read something as fresh as this. and yet it feels very much like a traditional fairy tale - but the good kind, with all the scary bits left in. the story is satisfying and there are some interesting turns and nice surprises. my only reservation is that i don’t find the narrative particularly memorable. by that i mean that i do, of course, remember what happens but that the story in itself isn’t particularly memorable. there are many memorable moments and some wonderful images, but the story somehow lacks meaning in my mind - it doesn’t echo in my head. however, its a mark of the quality of the book that this is my only criticism and the images and moments definitely make up for it. the real quality in this book, though, is the characters. gaiman has such a talent for creating original and interesting characters! the other mother is a fantastic horror creation, she has depth and is very believable, whilst still being enigmatic, and thus scary. i really liked mr bobo, and found miss spink and miss forcible very funny; even the other father has more to him than one at first suspects. and then of course there are the mice! it also amazes me how he manages to lend depth to coraline’s parents even though they only appear fleetingly in the story. the characters are so rich that the book is worth reading just to experience them. dave mckean provides artwork for each chapter which is, as always, atmospheric, beautiful and seems tailor-made for gaiman’s work.i would say that i’d recommend it to any gaiman fan - but then i’m sure they don’t need any convincing. this is a very enjoyable story and i’d recommend it to anyone who likes gothic horror or fairy tales, or anyone who can remember what it was like being young and bored…!p.s. i cannot wait for the film. it is such an imaginative and colourful story that i’m sure it’ll look wonderful in animation. and i’m really looking forward to seeing these rich and interesting characters come to life on the screen!

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