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Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004, c2002.
Edition: First Harper Trophy rack edition
ISBN: 9780060575915
Characteristics: 194 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave


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May 27, 2020

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

multcolib_susannel Apr 18, 2020

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.

IndyPL_CarolS Dec 31, 2019

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.

Oct 21, 2019

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.

JCLBeckyC Aug 05, 2019

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.

Apr 04, 2019

Awesome and scary!

Jan 10, 2019

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.

Nov 14, 2018

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.

Apr 06, 2018

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.

Jan 21, 2018

Exquisitely creepy. not quite a kids' book.

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Mar 25, 2018

"I don't WANT whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted?"
-- Coraline (page 118).

Laura_X Apr 06, 2015

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Aug 29, 2014

It vanished among the trees

soccergirl8 Jun 01, 2012

"when you're scared, but you still do it anyway, that's brave."


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Jul 01, 2013

Coraline is an adventurous girl. She loves to explore. When her family moves into a new house her love to explore causes big trouble for her family and friends. Will she defeat her enemy and find her parents? Read to find out more.

soccergirl8 Jun 01, 2012

Coraline is bored in her new house, that is until she finds a tiny door that leads to a new, perfect world. The other mother treats her with lots of "love". Later, however, the other mother wants to sew buttons onto her eyes. Coraline barely escapes. When she goes back to save her parents, she sees 3 ghosts that also need their souls saved. Read this book to find out if Coraline saves them and gets out alive.


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