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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  271,204 ratings  ·  10,833 reviews
Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much mor ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Miss Crazy (Joan) the movie was based on the book. I think the book was better but for once there was a good movie too
Meredith I would say so. It's kind of creepy, but I don't see any reason it would be inappropriate.
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I've read this book many different times in many different ways.

I read it off the page when it first came out. Later, I listened to Gaiman's narration of the audiobook when I was sequestered in the north woods of Wisconsin in a desperate attempt to finish book two. I watched the movie and enjoyed it.

My most recent experience of the book was listening to it with my little boy on a long car ride. I wasn't sure he'd be able to get into it. Not because of the vocabulary. He's very sharp for being
Apr 04, 2012 Nataliya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Gaiman and excellent YA dark fantasy
Coraline is a short but delightfully dark and creepy book that just happens to feature one of my absolute favorite characters. Is it wrong that I want to be Coraline's best friend???

“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”
Coraline is clever, quirky, curious and adventurous, brave and determined, independent, stubborn to no end, a bit reckless and not scared of danger. She will NEVER leave any mysterious doors locked and uninvestigated. In short
I saw the film before I read the book, which is not how I like to do things, as it can often be like taping a hockey game and having someone tell you the final score before you've had a chance to see the game for yourself. However, I can say that seeing the film first didn't really spoil the book for me.

Coraline starts off rather slowly but this independent, thoughtful, odd, distant, misunderstood child soon gains the reader's sympathy. This becomes more intense as Coraline gets more deeply enm
Meg ♥

I've been looking for that book that would satisfy my craving to be creeped out, and sadly a few books I tried recently didn't do it for me. I didn't expect anything with this book, and that little shiver down my spine that has been evading me? This book gave it to me!

I was not a huge fan of American Gods, but I promised that I would give Neil Gaiman another shot someday. I figured if I enjoyed anything of his it would be this book. Despite my gripes with American Gods I couldn't deny that I fou
Jun 26, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Recommended to Carmen by: Theresa
Coraline was woken by the mid-morning sun, full on her face.

For a moment she felt utterly dislocated. She did not know where she was; she was not entirely sure WHO she was. It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.

This is like Stephen King's It re-written for children.

I adore Stephen King, obviously, and I highly enjoyed this creepy and horrifying children's book that Gaiman has written.

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Oct 02, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with the heart of a child – Gaiman fans
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Mary MacAskill
Deliciously disturbing, a modern fairytale with a surrealistic feel. I mean you’re stuck in an alternate dimension with parents with sewed on buttons for eyes, friendless except for a talking cat with a bad attitude. Coraline is totally believable; a bored sweet kid who gets herself into and out of a terrifying situation by being gutsy & resourceful. So unless you figure you’ve outgrown fairytales (which is kind of a shame) what’s not to like about it?

Nasty flu & a crummy day at work had
Nov 28, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: THE WORLD.
Shelves: subtle-sci-fi
Creepy, creepy, creepy. This book made me feel like I'd just awoken from a disturbing dream I couldn't shake, but couldn't quite remember, either.

And the movie looks terrifying.
Robert Beveridge
Neil Gaiman, Coraline (Harper, 2002)

I'm not exactly sure what to say about this minor gem. It's a kids' book, but not really a kids' book. It's a fantasy/horror novel, but not a fantasy/horror novel. It has minor similarities to about a hundred books to be found over the ages, both children's and adult, but nothing strong enough to be called an influence (at least, not one that wears its heart on its sleeve). About the best thing I can come up with would be a much darker version of Roald Dahl's
Vane J.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

I had watched the movie Coraline 4 years ago but I never knew it was originally a book until earlier this year. Yeah, I know, it’s shameful, but what can we do? Anyway, since I liked the movie, I told myself I was gonna love the book too, thus I added it to my TBR.

I had forgotten about it until my recent post about quiet and jumpy horror. I wasn’t sure what books to use for the quiet category, so I asked Evelyn and she mentioned this. Obviously, my intri
Coraline, not Caroline, thank you, the little girl who was small for her age, and found herself in darkest danger was the subject of Neil Gaiman’s 2002 publication, which was in Gaiman’s own words “refreshingly creepy.”

Gaiman said that he started writing the book for his young daughter Holly around the time they moved to America but, unintentionally, wrote it very slowly, “one word at a time” and thus stretched out the project for years. Refreshingly creepy is maybe the best way to describe this
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・
This was so creepy, I loved it.


Full review to come.
this book makes me really cross i missed the 3d movie when it was out. there are definitely things i would have loved to have seen all up in my face. i think if i had read this as a young girl, it would be one of my favorite books ever. as a (physical) adult, i enjoyed it, but ive read too much in my life to be scared of it, or surprised by it, which is a shame. im going to turn this review into a request for people to scare me. when i was little, my brother would hide under my bed until after i ...more
This would be a perfect choice for a road trip with small children (maybe age seven and up or so). It’s an incredibly imaginative, quirky adventure that’s simple yet not excruciatingly so. I felt entertained throughout, and some of the dialogue had me laughing out loud. There’s no question that this book is creeeeeepy but I’m one of those people that believes kids can handle a lot more than watered down fluff books. Coraline is such a wonderful heroine: she’s a clever, matter of fact, singular g ...more
There's something about the way Neil Gaiman writes that appeals to me greatly. He doesn't WASTE words. No flowery, adjective laden descriptions or ridiculous cliches. And yet, I never feel cheated. He'll often move a character from one place or situation to the next, and if you're new to him or have been reading someone else you might think for a second "That was abrupt", but he does it well and it serves the story.

More importantly, Coraline is an engrossing tale. Firstly, while Coraline the cha
Jedna od najdražih čitalačkih uspomena iz detinjstva mi je Alisa u zemlji čuda, a i jedna od najstrašnijih, da budem iskrena. Mislim da sam prvu noćnu moru u vezi sa nekom knjigom imala baš posle čitanja Alise. Sada se već slabo sećam sna, ali znam da je u njemu bilo i rupe, i zeca, i one strašne Kraljice...
Poprilično godina kasnije uživala sam u mračnoj avanturi jedne druge devojčice. Pošto sam sada starija, zrelija (mada se mnogi ne bi složili sa tim) i hrabrija, ovaj put su noćne more izostal
Foi tão bom ouvir o audiobook deste livro porque o narrador é o próprio Neil Gaiman e ficou fantástico! Falo mais da experiência no vídeo de leituras do mês :D

"I don't think you can be too old for Coraline."

To my great delight I discovered this little gem of a story just as I'm about to turn 50, and my enjoyment is I believe proof enough that I haven't turned yet into a cranky and bitter ogre. Neil Gaiman himself, in the afterword, declares his personal affection for the spunky young heroine of the tale:

More than ten years ago I started to write a children's book. It was for my daughter, Holly, who was five years old. I wanted it to have a gi
Shayantani Das
I absolutely adore pre teen narrators. I love seeing their worlds from their POV. No melodrama, no hesitation, no wistful thinking about the hot guy/girl, no inner monologue and most importantly no gray shades. I am not saying that those are bad aspects of a story and that I don’t enjoy them (except perhaps the continuous yakking about how handsome the new guy is). Still, books from the preteen perspective always prove to be a refreshing experience. A Relaxing yet fun experience, just like this ...more
Jason Koivu
A bit austere in the detail department, but pretty creepy for a kids book. I listened to the audio version with Gaiman as the narrator. On the one hand, I'm wary of authors reading their own work only from the standpoint that they are not seasoned reading veterans. On the other hand, they approach the narration fully armed with the knowledge of what was meant by each line, what emphasis should be placed where and how each line of dialogue should be delivered. Gaiman is an adept reader, so listen ...more
J.G. Keely
I actually picked up a signed copy at a local shop when Gaiman and I were both living in Minnesota. I've read a lot of Gaiman, and while appreciate that he is always a conscious, active writer, his stories sometimes fall flat for me.

They always work on the principle of a small person trapped in a large, unknown world. There are plenty of great examples of this story type, and Gaiman has been steadily working through them. He took inspiration from Fairy Tales in Stardust, from European myth in A
Nov 23, 2014 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
This is a fascinating and stunning book. Or fairy tale. Call it whatever you like. For me it was more of a fairy tale because it's adventurous and it travelled me to a very bizzare world which most children would find fascinating but adults would freak the hell out. I'll forever consider myself a kid at heart even though I am 19, so, this book, this masterpiece, it's a fairy tale to me.

Coraline is a small girl, petite if you'd like, who finds herself tangled up in a very dark and mysterious stor
I'm a little confused by this book. On the one hand, I found the story compelling. I read it very quickly because the story was quite gripping. On the other hand, I was puzzled by it. On the cover, one of the reviewers compares the book to the Narnia books. However, those books were wonderful allegories. I cannot see any allegorical value in this story.

In the book, a little girl who lives in an apartment with her parents is intrigued by a locked door that opens to the bricked off entrance of th
Tara Račić
A modern-day Alice in Wonderland, indeed.
Creepy, quirky, and all things to be expected of a Gaiman novel, this is one of those books that I wish had been available to me as a young 10 to 12 year old when all I had to fall back on was the Nancy Drew series. There was certainly nothing this twisted and delightfully dark on the shelves of the school library. As a heroine, Coraline is a likable, brave girl who takes matters into her own hands when her parents are kidnapped by a dark force that should scare her shitless. Young girls, force- ...more
A fun, quick read. I like to think of this book as Gaiman's response to the Narnia books - you kids want to escape your boring normal lives? Well, you're in for a surprise, because fantasy worlds are scary as fuck. Sleep well!

The movie version, with Dakota Fanning voicing Coraline, is not technically "better" than the book (as one of my shelf titles would have you believe). Instead, the movie actually enhances Gaiman's already-great story, with appropriately-haunting music, gorgeous animation,
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
SO glad I got the chance to read this, even if it was for a lame school assignment. I need to pick up more books by Neil Gaiman, he's such a fantastic writer. This story was both whimsical and dark and I had such a time reading it!

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my LOCUS Y-A list.

I think I’ll always have a soft-spot for imaginative young-adult speculative fiction and as the good people at Locus did such a grand job with picking their Sci-Fi winners, I’ll trust them to single out some special y-a books too.

When I pulle
As someone who has started but not finished many Gaiman books, I was excited to find one that I really enjoyed. I feel like I'm missing something when it comes to this guy, but maybe this book will be my first step into the NG Cool Kids Club.

This was also my boys' favorite movie a couple of years ago when they were like 3 and 1 so there's that. I'm not sure what that means. but hopefully they have a bright future ahead of them.

So, basically, I can now safely say that Neil Gaiman 1/ Is in my list of favourite authors, and 2/ has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard.

I will be doing a review of this on my YouTube Channel, but here are some thoughts:

1) This was genuinely creepy and morbid at times, and when the mice sang their voice actors were so creepy I honestly felt fear.
2) I love how straight forward and simplistic this book was. This can be attributed to the fact that it's a children's bo
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