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Coraline – Neil Gaiman

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Format: Hardcover
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pages: 174
Series/Standalone?: Standalone
Score: 4 out of 5

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 Synopsis taken from Goodreads:

“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . .”

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman’s first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader’s guide, and more.

My Thoughts:

“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

I have wanted to read this book for a long time after watching and loving the creepy film adaptation. I finally picked it up from the school library and decided to give it a go. I enjoyed it but not as much as the film version.

This book was certainly creepy, eerie and fantastical in equal measures. At times it left me a little confused but nevertheless the attention to detail was superb. There was plenty of description and vivid imagery, I can certainly see how the atmosphere converted across to film. The story is weird and wonderful, a perfect ‘immerse yourself in the world’ book. It is a very short read, but certainly doesn’t lack in plot.

Coraline is a great female child protagonist – she is independent, strong, quirky and brave. Her adventurous side means that she will explore regardless of fear.  Neil Gaiman has a talent for writing children’s stories that non-condescending and perfect for adults too – if you haven’t read The Graveyard Book then read it now. He is not afraid of making children’s books scary – which he certainly does here, creating a creepy and surreal world which has a dream-like quality.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a five star read for me, but came very close.


A quick, easy read full of humour, suspense and creepy other-worldly beings. A great female protagonist who shows that girls can be brave and inquisitive explorers too! Another smashing read from Neil Gaiman… which of his to read next?



Author: Stacie

UK Lifestyle & Parenting Blogger. Dog Lover. Nutella Obsessed. Diet Coke Drinker.

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