Book Reviews of Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN-13: 9780380977789
ISBN-10: 0380977788
Publication Date: 7/2002
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 235 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
This was another great story from Neil Gaiman. It's classified as a children's book, I guess because the writing style is more accessible to younger readers, and doesn't have a lot of the subtlety and nuances of adult novels. That said however, the story itself was spooky and intriguing and I gobbled this book down in one day. :) Neil Gaiman has proved yet again, as he did with Stardust, that he is definitely an author for all generations!
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Helpful Score: 2
By far one of my favorite books of all time. Neil Gaiman is an astounding storyteller. He creates a unique cast and setting using his words and the surreal pictures contained within the hardcover edition. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in good tales, let alone an interest in fantasy. Look for a movie in the near future based upon this wonderful book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a fun little book. I read it *after* seeing the movie, though, and so the visions in my head were all from the film. I wish I'd read it first, instead.

This won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2003, but I'm not convinced it was deserved. I expect a "SF&F" award winner, especially in short form, to explore some kind of interesting idea, and this book was really about plot, plot, and only plot.

There were themes that could have been better developed in the story as well --- the book really rushed itself to get to the end. Maybe that's a kid's book thing, but as an adult, I really sensed a lack.

Still: the story is good, and very original. An enjoying read, even if it doesn't make me think hard afterwards.
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Helpful Score: 1
probably the strangest and shortest children's book i've ever read. a dark story of a girl who becomes ensnared in a web of lies and fantasies by her "other" mother.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good childrens book. A fast and easy read for an adult. I don't say this often, but I think I actualy enjoyed the movie much more ;) Maybe if I was a kid, I would like the book more...LOL.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book scared the pants off me because of the button eyes!
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A children's book, but it's also beautifully written and quite disturbing and spooky -
the little girl Coraline, feeling a bit lonely and neglected by her busy parents, goes exploring and finds an alternate version of her home on the other side of a door - peopled by alternate versions of her parents, who offer her everything she has ever dreamed of - but can't quite hide the malevolence lurking beneath these offers... Coraline must fight to escape the traps of the "other mother" - luckily, she's a pretty smart kid, and recognizes pretty quickly that 'you don't really want everything you always wanted'....

(However, I think she shoulda gotten the neon-green gloves at the end!)
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This was a very interesting book, and it's definitly not just for chilren! I absolutely adore all of Neil Gaimans books! If you're looking for something different and interesting, try out his books!!!
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Creepy children's novel that adults would also love. By the author of American Gods.
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Rather disappointing.