By: Neil Gaiman
My Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!
Best for: 10 and up
Outstanding. A treasure. A pleasure. And creepy.
Neil Gaiman is a treasure. Not only is he a brilliant author, but he’s also an advocate for literacy and is the source of some of my favorite quotes on the value of reading to children. I wish his adult books weren’t so adult, and discerning readers need to be selective. American Gods and the Ansai Boys are too grown up for me, but I love Stardust, Neverwhere, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. But in my opinion, it’s his books for young people where he truly shines. The Graveyard Book. Fortunately, the Milk. Odd and the Frost Giants.
I loved Coraline! Coraline (It’s Coraline. Not Caroline. Coraline. Just ask her.) and her parents move into a very old house, very large house. Well, just part of the house. It’s too big for anyone person to own. The other parts of the house occupied by a collection of unique and colorful characters. As Coraline explores her new house and meets her new neighbors, she discovers a secret door that takes her to another place…but it’s also the same place. Isn’t it?
In the other place we meet my favorite creepy character of all time: the Other Mother.
Coraline is a perfect mix of creepy and fun. It hugs the border of nightmares and happy dreams. It’s a perfect book for Halloween. Or not Halloween.
Definitely one to read aloud with the kids!
It’s creepy, so if your kiddoes have sensitivities you might pass. But no content concerns otherwise. It’s themes are about confidence, being brave, and family love. Great messages! Oh, and if you’ve seen the movie but haven’t experienced the book, well.