"The world will be built new for you morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want." "You really don't understand, do you? I don't want wha...more"The world will be built new for you morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want." "You really don't understand, do you? I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn't mean anything. What then?"
Both Coraline's parents work at home, and sometimes she feels a bit ignored and bored. Nevertheless, she is encouraged to explore and so she does. First her neighbors. Having run out of people, Coraline investigates the premises. Her flat is most unusual; it has 21 windows and 14 doors. Only one door is locked, and that only leads to a brick wall.
Well, most of the time it does. On some occasions, it opens up on a world just like this one, where Coraline finds her other mother, other father, and even other neighbors. At first it seems quite nice, people pay more attention to one there, the toys are better, and, of all things, the cat talks.
Soon Coraline finds all is not quite as it seems. Everyone has buttons for eyes, her other mother has strange hands that seem to have a life of their own, and there are a remarkable number of rats. In fact, if you dig deep enough, things are really most horrible. Coraline has much to do to make things come around right.
"Coraline" is full of sinister atmosphere -- it's easy to tell real kindliness from the creepy parody that the "other" people exhibit. With singing rats, soulless children trapped behind a dark mirror, a doughy grublike "other" person, a bag of beetles eaten like candy, two "other" people melted into a monster, and a clawlike disembodied hand searching for Coraline, it's full of things that will terrify and excite. The easily frightened or grossed out should avoid this book, but those who revel in the over-the-top ickiness and horror will enjoy it.
You could say that it's Gaiman's ability to touch the sources of wonder and fear without the necessity of excessive gore and grimness.
Title Coraline Authors Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
From the legendary Roald Dahl who never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate people of all ages comes a book that will surely enchant you....moreFrom the legendary Roald Dahl who never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate people of all ages comes a book that will surely enchant you. If you're a lover of chocolate and anything that's magical, then you should've read this as a child growing up.
For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public--well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself.
"Mr. Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change color every ten seconds that you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing gum that never loses its taste, and candy balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up."
For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can't help but buy two Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights--even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper!
The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can't compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again.
The rest of the tale is one of scrumptous folly and nerve-wracking sentiment, highlighted by magical workers (the one and only Oompa Loompas), the etheral Willy Wonka, a host of loony characters - both adults and kids - and a thrill ride in a factory where time stands still and also rocks forwards, backwards, sideways and then some!
"All the most wonderful smells in the world seemed to be mixed up in the air around them--the smell of roasting coffee and burnt sugar and melting chocolate and mint and violets and crushed hazelnuts and apple blossom and caramel and lemon peel..."
It's a classic tale of the triumph of good over evil, generosity over greed and family over fair-weathered friends.
Title Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)