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Terrifying, absolutely terrifying. Book or Movie, Coraline is not for children as it’s dark themes consist of bringing children’s nightmares come to life after the main protagonist finds herself in a parallel world where all seems well but in reality it’s truly demonic. However I will admit the story gives readers a lesson worth learning about which is essentially, be careful what you wish for. If you are a fan of twisted stories then I highly recommend Coraline for you but please do not read this to a child. Aside from horror the book does present some issues a child might actually go through like not having the best family life for example however in the end all is well and although I’m giving this book a low rating it is worth the read, I’m just not a fan of horror is all. 1 star
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
When Coraline and her family move into a new house, she can't wait to explore every part of it. But then, her mother says: Never under any circumstances open the door in the living room.
I really like reading books by Neil Gaiman. This book is no exception. Coraline is a great Fantasy book about a girl who thinks she wants life to be better but realizes she is really happy with her parents the way they are. Her other Mother and other Father are not really what she wants. Neil Gaiman uses a lot of fantasy details to tell the story of Coraline, who turns out to be a brave girl who must fight to change things back to the way they were and save her real parents. I recommend this book and also the movie. If you see the movie first then the book goes into more detail. I think then the book is more enjoyable because you can visualize Coraline and the other characters in the story.
Love the story, I just kind of spoiled the experience of reading the book by first watching the movie several time, then reading the graphic novel over and over, and then watching youtube theory videos on the story before I even got to the book. Watch the movie once, then read the book. You'll be delighted with the amount of detail that's in this thing.
I have a low tolerance for violence. I produce enough anxiety all on my own without needing the adrenaline shock of a horror story, After reading most of Gaiman's other novels, I decided to give Coraline a try. I'm glad I did. It's not full of "blood and guts" like I worried it would be. Instead, it's more like a fairy tale/psychological thriller. Gaiman knows how to get inside character's minds, making the fantastical seem real and relatable. Coraline is a brave girl and a great role model. I especially recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by Gaiman himself.
4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy creepy stories with brave characters for children.
When Coraline moves into a new house she quickly figures out that some doors are better left locked. But is life more exciting on the other side? When her parents go missing it is up to her to find them and bring them back. Can she be brave enough to face her fears and save them?
Even though creepy themes are not my favorite by nature, I adored the reason that Gaiman wrote this book, and of course the writing style. I liked seeing how his mind translated into a children's story and a children's character. I liked how it focused on bravery and courage.
Fantasy isn't my favorite genre, so my rating is perhaps a bit unfair. I can see how this book would appeal to young readers by being creepy and scary without going over the top.
I have a hard time believeing this is a children's book (or movie) because I find it haunting and terrifying. I first read it a couple years ago and it was just as creepy reading it again.
Definitely different from the movie, and that was refreshing! All ages can enjoy this book and the character of Coraline.
What a creepy book! If you like Tim Burton movies or other Gaiman novels, you will like this.
I can see why this book has become a classic. The descriptive prose is so well done that you can see everything Coraline does. The underlying themes of overcoming our fears and loyalty are well presented. Now I need to take a second look at the movie!
I read coraline a few weeks ago, and here's my opinion on it.
First of all, if you haven't seen the movie, I'd recommend watching it after you read the book. I saw the movie first and honestly, for me personally it made it almost difficult to get into, because everything was drastically different from what I had grown up with, even though roughly half the dialogue is exactly the same.
Anyways, in terms of the book, if you like the idea of spooky button-eyed people and really creepy rats, this is the book for you. The reading level isn't too difficult, and the book itself took a total of roughly a day to read for me. The characters are all really fascinating, as are their alternate personalities. They're also all very different from each other, making their conversations almost refreshing throughout. However, something I found interesting is that there were characters and concepts in the 2009 movie that never existed in the book, and everything from main plot points to the ending were dramatically different. This is good though, because it made the book stand out more, as a different experience in itself. The concepts here are all fascinating, and mainly revolve around Coraline learning that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, so to speak.
Generally, I thought this book was a really good read, though. It's a smooth read with well made characters and a steady plotline. It's a very good book to sit and read with a nice coffee and some spooky ambient music. It was never boring, and I would highly recommend it. And if you enjoy it, I'd also recommend the movie since it's awesome too and it's been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid.
Have fun with your reading, and I hope you enjoy this novel too! -@WoodsReadingAndJoy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Coraline is a short disturbing story about young, witty, imaginative and clever Coraline Jones whose story begins with a little door. The book is filled with both creepy and outstanding characters that come into Coraline’s life. For a child reading this it is a wondrous book of the perfect life that can be given to a child. For a parent it is not as wondrous but frightening. Coraline is written in a way that both children and parents see such differences. The book has blooming flowers and bright lights hiding parent neglect and out right horror. Coraline will have shivers running down your spine and give new perspective of black buttons and cats.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Children's stories usually depict home and family as safe , loving and secure. Not so with Neil Gaiman. He turns them into creepy and decidedly unsafe places.
I read this book only because it was our book club choice. I don't really enjoy fantasy/horror stories, even if they are aimed at children as this one is. Coraline is an only child of parents who both work at home on their computers and so have no time for her. She yearns to be the centre of the universe, for someone to pay full attention to her, and she finds all that behind a locked door in her apartment. But, is that what she really wants. The writing is good and carries you along nicely through all the eerie, creepy sights and events Coraline has to deal with to come to a happy ending.
I loved this book when I was younger and recently re read it. I also watched the movie, which wasnt as good but a very interesting difference.
This book gave me the shivers but it was very hard to put down. It's good for reading in one sitting and it's very well written. Over all... I love this book and highly suggest it. :)
this book was amazing. i reccommend to everyone. it has such a twist and its so easy to read. the movie is great too. total 5/5!!!
I was super excited when I saw that this book was written by Neil Gaiman. I happened upon "Sandman" (can't remember full title) and I was planning on borrowing it but thought it for another time. The hesitation..now I can't find it as easily.
As for this book i was surprised. It was so creepy and I felt so disturbed at times it was magnificent. I truly enjoyed reading this one.
A modern classic. So much fun. No one is too old to enjoy this book...or to relearn a lesson in bravery.
A good quick read thriller. Definitely not to be read right before you fall asleep and makes you realize how awesome your life is and that you don't really need anything more than what you have. 😄