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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  10,111 ratings  ·  868 reviews
When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there's another mother there and another father, and they want
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by HarperCollins
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Becky This page refers to the graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's original Coraline. The one you're referring to is the anniversary edition of the original…moreThis page refers to the graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's original Coraline. The one you're referring to is the anniversary edition of the original Coraline novel. I found a limited edition copy of the Chris Riddell illustrated novel at bookdepository.com using a Google search. Amazon is also selling a Kindle edition of that version.(less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoy the story of Coraline, but the artwork just didn't do it for me.
Anne
I'd definitely recommend this version to reluctant readers.
Yeeees. The real book is...a REAL book, but I'm talking about those kids who don't like to read.
I've got one of those, and she loved this thing.
My feeling is that if you can get them hooked on a good story, no matter how you do it, it's going to show them the possibilities between the pages of a book.

The graphic novel tells the same story as the book, but with the added bonus of pictures. Duh.
Who doesn't like pictures?
Blind folks and sno
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Cara Marie
My rating here is for the graphic novel as an adapation, rather than for the story itself. I should probably stop reading comic adaptions of Neil Gaiman's books, because they never seem to really sing.

Part of it is how this is a very straight adaptation - I would have preferred it to have relied less on the boxes of text narrative, which seem to generally be taken straight from the book. The comic doesn't do anything other than what the book does, which I find disappointing in an adaptation. I'd
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Sarah Churchill
As usual, I love Gaiman's original story. This adaptation is both hit and miss for me. I enjoyed the illustrations and the story felt a little fleshed out and more... immersive? That comes from having visuals to support the story I suppose.

BUT Coraline looks a lot older than she 'should' from the original story, which turns it into a story about an ungrateful petulant pre-teen rather than a little girl, and that made me lose a little sympathy for her. Nobody likes a sulky teen (pre-teen or othe
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Ferdy
3.5 stars

Liked it. The story was interesting and fast paced, the characters weren't anything special but they were decent enough. Coraline was likeable, the talking cat was fairly witty, and the other mother was a good baddie… She was a little camp in her evulness but not in a bad way though.
There were some parts that were quite creepy, like the bad guys having buttons for eyes, and the other mother wanting to take Coraline's eyes out so she could sew buttons on her instead. The parts with the
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Karin
I was extremely excited when I saw the Coraline in graphic novel form. When the book first came out I totally fell in love with it. For a children’s book, it was completely frightening. The graphic novel does a great job of hitting the high points of the story and the illustrations are great, but I don’t think it should be used as a replacement for the original book. The illustrations that are in the book publication are even creepier than the color illustrations in the graphic novel. For exampl ...more
Robin
Jul 21, 2008 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like quirky graphic novels
This is the second graphic novel adaptation of a young adult novel that I've read recently. The first was Artemis Fowl which I liked and now this one. Oddly enough the written version of Coraline seemed much darker to me than this version so as much as I liked it, I didn't think it was as creepy and disturbing as the original.
Megan
Wow. I skimmed through some other reviews after finishing this and a lot of people really don't like the graphic novel version of this book. I've never read the novel version so I can't compare the two myself but I guess I can understand how a reader might not want or agree with someone else's artistic interpretation of a beloved story since we all take something different from them. I have seen the film version though and I have to agree with those other reviewers that I preferred the darker, g ...more
Kat
Basic plot: Coraline is largely overlooked by her parents and ends up in a parallel world where her "other mother" is overly interested in Coraline.

Ah, the basic problem of being a kid: either your parents aren't interested enough or are too interested. This is one of the paradoxes of parenting. Finding a happy medium is nigh impossible.

The art for the graphic novel is good, but not mind-blowing. After having seen the movie, the art really threw me off. Nothing looked the same at all (not that t
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Eli
Good story; adaptation was a big disappointment. P. Craig Russell has done some great comics, and at worst he still draws a very pretty picture, but this was mostly flat and literal-minded. The characters aren't very expressive (Coraline, who looks about 15 and very conventionally pretty, often just seems bored and mildly worried) and, with a few exceptions, the backgrounds aren't either... so it's hard to tell why Coraline would ever think the other house or the Other Mother was particularly co ...more
Brooke
Be courageous. Be bold. Take risks. For genre de jour I read a distinguished book called Coraline by Neil Gailmen. The genre of this book is fantasy and horror. Coraline was about this family that moved to a new house that was very different. The main character of my book is named Coraline. Coraline is mysterious and loves exploring. She likes to do stuff on her own and take risks. When she started to explore around the new house, she seems to find strange and frightening things about this home. ...more
Tamara
My first graphic novel :)
Shippseattle
I read the print novel and I'm now reading the graphic novel Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actr...more [close] Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers ("We trod the boards, luvvy") and the mustachioed old man ...more
Sylvia
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Sam Ang
The full article of the review is available here:
http://bookunderthesun.blogspot.sg/20...


Well, I guess everyone will have the same impression as I did the first time I read the title - "Shouldn't it be Caroline? Must be some typo there." And that is the same response people gave her.

Young Coraline was not happy with her life despite the fact that she was only a kid. The adults around her acted a little weird sometimes, making her the more mature one in her mind and she felt bored about that. Her
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16georgea

Imagine going to a parallel universe with strange people and not being able to come back. This all happened in the book I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The genre of Coraline was a graphic novel but also a scary fantasy. The illustrator of the book made a lot of good choices in the color to express the mood for example when they are mad are scared it is darker and when they are happy or exploring it is lighter. The book takes place in the summer at a old house that has 3 other people living there
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Raymond Xu
I chose to read this book because it was in my book shelf.
Character:
Coraline, the main character wishes her life was better since everything in her new house was so gloomy. That was until she saw a mysterious door in her kitchen that appears and disappears during the day. When she went into the door she realizes how her other mother and father were much nicer and let her do whatever she wants. However, she finds out why it was so much better than her own life. It's because they wanted to trap
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Monica Edinger
I think Coraline looks too old and it is (as someone else noted here) creepier. The original has very scary illustrations, but not many.
Nick Ragust
However having seen the claymation film by the wonderful Tim Burton, The story in book form is far more dark and gloomy than I had previously remembered it in the theater. Having found a secret passage into another strange world, she finds new parents and neighbors and a talking cat which is pretty rad. When she returns, she finds that her alter parents have taken her real parents and she goes on a quest to get her real parents back. The artwork is extremely detailed and colorful and that just a ...more
Richard
I have read "Coraline?, the original novel, seen the anime, and now I have experienced the graphic novel. The graphic novel is excellent--fully as enjoyable as the original. Both are superior to the anime which changes the ending in such a way as to disempower Coraline and subvert her position as the heroine of the piece.

The drawings of Russell form a beautiful, evocative complement to the text of Gaiman. The graphic novel cannot and should not replace the written text but it can add a special
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Suryati
Sambil nunggu anakku main game di Timezone aku ke toko buku Gramedia dan tertarik Grafik Novel Coraline, karena berupa grafik novel jadi dalam waktu sebentar akhirnya tamat. Ini satu-satunya buku yang pernah kubaca sampai selesai di toko buku dan tidak perlu dibeli.

Bukunya sendiri berkisah tentang seorang anak perempuan yang bernama Coraline yang baru pindah rumah dan harus menyesuaikan diri dengan lingkungannya. Coraline bukan Caroline, koreksi terhadap tetangganya yang selalu salah menyebutkan
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Amy
Coraline was just an ordinary girl. When she moves into her new house, she is surprised to find a door leading to nowhere. Or so she thinks. During the night, Coraline finds that behind the door, is the same world she lives in. But when she finds her parents, they are nothing like her real parents. Her mother ,with the button eyes, claims to be her other mother and the world Coraline has just been exposed to is the other world as well as everything and every person
in it is "the other" somethin
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Ross
It may sound like heresy, but I found this graphic novel more satisfying than "World's End." Particularly as the story was less epic in scope and had a greater sense of relevance and immediacy. The "realistic" style of the comics artwork, which makes Coraline look like a teenager, is a great departure from the style used for the children's story (as well as the movie.) All these changes made this seem more like a "lost" chapter of "Sandman"—only without the trademark characters and with a genuin ...more
N.
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Sam
wwuuiihh,
karena bacanya pake misi: tengah malam, pake lilin, ditemani coffee au lait plus doughnuts plus masi agak plu.. yasud, kepala sambil berdenyut2..

tp ceritanya tetep bagus,
memang ga semenyeramkan itu.. if only i were still 9 y.o kayak CORALINE (yg di buku ini namanya salah terus di-spell sama tetangga sekelilingnya). Tapi ilustrasi dan cerita yang cukup, ga berlebihan merupakan gambaran fantasi yang ga norak.. mata kunci cukup ko membuat aq mendelik ;p klo ajah si ibu yang satunya lagi de
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Alex
It turns out there’s almost no version of Coraline that doesn't win over its audience. The story works perfectly as a graphic novel, perhaps because Russell is such a broad talent. The original was great, the movie was pretty good as well, but the graphic novel is awesome. It’s still wonderfully exotic, fun, creepy, and just a little bit subversive. Perfect for kids and adults.

The Graphic Novel is a very entertaining read that I had trouble putting down. I think Gaiman has a wonderful imaginati
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Mia Queen
“Kau betul tidak paham, ya? Aku tidak mau semuanya terkabul. Tak ada yang mau begitu. Apa asyiknya kalau aku punya semua yang kuinginkan? Semudah itu, dan itu semua tidak berarti apa-apa. Sesudah itu apa ya?”

Kalimat yang paling memorable dari novel grafis yang saya baca siang ini. Fiuh, stress juga 2 kali dalam minggu ini baca novel grafis, keduanya memiliki sisi gelap dan lucunya kedua memiliki nilai yang kuat.

Saya nonton filmnya dulu sih, baru baca novelnya, dan keduanya memuaskan. Bikin meri
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Alisa Pelkey
This book wasn't the greatest but I really enjoyed the pictures. The pictures made the book easier to understand. I couldn't get into it that much but after about a third of it I finally thought I was gonna like it and it turned out ok.
Rusty
Some readers have classified this book as a very dark novel. While it is on the dark side, I quite enjoyed the tale. Coraline walks through a locked door in her home into another world to find her "other" mother and father. Her real parents disappear and a black talking cat becomes her comrade in her search for her parents. Coraline loves to explore and the resulting story finds her hoping to rescue not only her parents but three other children (now ghosts) who are still trapped in this world. T ...more
Bill
A graphic novel version of the well-known horror novel in which a young girl's work-absorbed parents go missing, and she discovers a parallel universe inhabited by her other-mother (truly evil), other-father, nasty rats that do other-mother's bidding, and a talking cat. P. Craig Russell's adaptation has the right tone for upper elementary and middle school readers—very creepy but not terrifying. Also, his panel designs and panel flow should present a fresh and thoughtful style that will engage a ...more
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