When Coraline finds a door that leads to an alternate universe with another set of parents, everything starts to go wrong.
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, an Imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
162 pages, paperback
I read this book at night and although I’m not that easily scared when reading books, this book managed to creep me out.
Coraline just moved to a new home and a peculiar home at that. There are no other children to play with and her parents are always working and don’t seem to have time for her. So she gets to know her neighbors as well as her new home. While exploring she finds a door that leads to another world and that’s where the story takes off.
I loved Coraline as a character. She was smart, had always something witty to say and was very brave for such a young girl. Her curiosity got her into some uncomfortable situations, but she managed to get out of them by thinking things through.
I loved Coraline’s neighbors: the gentleman living above her with his rats and the two old ladies from downstairs. They were so strange, but also very likable and funny.
The people in the other world were rather terrifying after the second glance, but they were nonetheless great and very mean villains and I really enjoyed the “games” that the other mother let Caroline play in order to get back into her real world.
The writing was engaging and easy to follow. I think this is due to the target audience that can be children as well as adults. I fell in love with how simplistic the story was overall and also highly enjoyed the illustrations.
I would have loved to read this as a child and now again and compare the creep-factor as well as the enjoyment-factor.
This will definitely not be the last time I picked up a Neil Gaiman novel. I am excited to venture into his worlds!