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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  594,759 ratings  ·  28,690 reviews
The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 2nd 2002)
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Long The book and movie were created around the same time. Neil told the director of the movie about his idea before he had actually written the book and a…moreThe book and movie were created around the same time. Neil told the director of the movie about his idea before he had actually written the book and allowed him to run with the concept with the two checking in with each other has they wrote their respective adaptations. This is why the general idea and conflict are the same but the execution is done differently. They are both very good but I wouldn't say one is truly better than the other.(less)
BReaderstar This is both because it gives adults a different message and children a different message
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Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

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I was such a cowardly kid that I never managed to read more than the blurb on the back

Now that I've finally summoned the courage to give it a try - I wish I read it sooner.

I love this novel.

Unlike Gaiman's fiction for adults, every sentence, every word has its purpose. And finally, Gaiman does not throw in some we
(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: A genuinely disturbing and creepy story with vivid imagery, it's well-rounded and goes at a perfect pace and length.
(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: Intimately eerie, Through the Looking-Glass in horror tones, a fright pastiche, but off-the-leash, ethereal and all its own.
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.
Lisa of Troy
Jun 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Well that hit the spot

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is a novella that features a young girl named Coraline who has just moved into a new house. She is intent on exploring and discovers a mysterious door that has been walled up. However, one day, the door is left ajar. What will Coraline discover on the other side of the door?

This short story is perfect for getting out of a reading slump. The book is very short with short paragraphs and sentences to keep the action flowing. This book also had laugh-out-
Does anyone have access to a rooftop? Preferably in a big city, or at least a town of reasonable size. High enough for it to be noticeably a rooftop, but absolutely NO higher than that because I have a mildly-to-seriously debilitating fear of heights. Maybe you’re an electrician, or a building super, or simply a very sneaky person with a skill for discovering high-up places. Whatever. I just need temporary roof access.

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Sean Barrs
Has anyone ever said to you “time heals all wounds?”


Well for the "villain" of this story that is clearly not the case. It’s easy to pinpoint Coraline’s bravery and talk about her experience, but that’s not what this review is about. I want to consider the “other mother” and her story.

I mean what exactly is her story? We can only presume that she has been doing this kind of trickery for years, perhaps even centuries. We don’t really know a great deal about her. She has three victims prior to he
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

"When you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave."

I think this would have been one of my favorite books if I read it as a child, but unfortunately 20-something me felt like it was lacking. I went into this with too high of expectations because the movie gave me nightmares after I saw it in theaters. Basically, I pretty much expected this to be a novelization of the movie - that was not the case. Though the big plot points remain the same, the movie was more fleshed out and atmos
Ahmad Sharabiani
Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Coraline is a dark fantasy children's novella by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002 by Bloomsbury and Harper Collins.

It was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers.

It has been compared to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and was adapted into a 2009 stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick.

Coraline Jones and her parents move into an old h
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy-sf
“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman

Coraline is the 4th novel I read by Neil Gaiman so I might have to consider myself a fan now. The ratings ranged from 3* for American Gods, 4* for The Gaveyard Book and 5* for The Ocean At The End of Lane. I hesitated on how to rate this one but it was so perfectly spooky that I could not resist the top mark.

Coraline (initially a typo of the author) is a young gi
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Hannah Azerang
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This is the perfect Halloween read! It's creepy, eerie, and beautifully written.

Now I want to rewatch the movie! I loved it :D
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This a perfect, traditional fairy* tale, with a slightly surreal twenty-first century warp. The writing is as magical as the plot.

Its thirteen chapters are delightful, dark, and funny, with a heroine many can relate to, as child, parent, or both.

Coraline is intelligent, inquisitive, slightly contrary, hates being bored, and wishes her parents paid her more attention, and didn’t feed her “recipes”. Perhaps, she wishes she had different parents. And you should always be careful what you wish for
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My summary:

The story begins with Coraline, a young girl who has just moved into a new house with her parents which has been broken up into different apartments with neighbors. Coraline’s new neighbors are interesting: an old man who trains rats for a circus performance, and two old ladies who are retired stage actresses. The issue is that Coraline’s extremely frustrated and bored with not much to do. Her parents are simply too busy with work to spend any time with her and Coraline feels somewhat
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
Edit : I'm sorry guys, I won't be able to post the review today because it's already midnight and I was busy :(


'She left us here' said one of the voices. 'she stole our hearts, and she stole our souls, and she took our lives away, and she left us here, and she forgot about us in the dark.'

This is a story about a girl named Coraline Jones, She and her parents move to a new house but they don't own all of the house. They just own part of it and they also have neighbor
J  (Midnight Book Blog)
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yep, I’m going to have some lovely nightmares tonight.

Every single word of this book was so purposeful, I absolutely loved it. This is my first Neil Gaiman novel, though I have had Graveyard book on my shelf for years now. And despite its cinematic popularity I’ve never read or seen a Coraline before (Tim Burton movies STILL terrify me).

Before Coraline I never understood how a book could be scary, without jump scares and such. But wow, this book was terrifying. Everything from the concept of an
Charlotte May
“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave,”

I thoroughly enjoyed this! A quick read that I blitzed through in a couple of hours, but of course it being Gaiman it left behind chills and the fears so prominent in childhood.

Coraline Jones and her parents have moved to a new flat. One with two elderly ladies next door and a crazy old man upstairs, not to mention the black cat who seems to belong to no one.

Having explored everywhere in the surrounding land o
Spencer Orey
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! Short and sweet scary kid horror with a great message about how to be brave.

As usual after reading anything by Neil Gaiman, I'm way inspired. He's incredible across so many genres! I always leave each book wanting to be a much better storyteller and looking for which of his books to read next.

For me, it was also a really interestingly written book. The sentences are short, punchy, and vivid in a way that made me feel like I was there with Coraline, going into danger and finding a way to
Oct 02, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, 2018, favorites
if there is one thing i can count on it is that every year around this time i become re-obsessed with this story and then i consume it with an almost child-like wonder, as if it was my first time discovering it.

this time i'm listening to the audiobook narrated by neil gaiman himself; and i keep finding new things to cling on to and love so dearly. i just..... adore this book with all of me. coraline, it's your season, baby!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2021, audiobooks
It’s been ages since I last saw the movie but I loved it. I waited a long time to read the book so I can forget the events of the movie (and I did) but my mistake was listening to the audiobook. Not that Neil’s narration wasn’t great (I loved it and also enjoyed the music effects) but my mind refuses to focus on anything fantasy or even mystery sometimes. I don’t sit still and listen to audiobooks, you see. I repeated lots of passages because my mind drifted off… eventually decided to read it (a ...more
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.

Reading_ Tamishly
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love this 2012 edition by Bloomsbury! I love the cover, I love the illustrations inside, I just love everything about it.
It was worth waiting all this time to pick up this book. And I am so glad I started Neil Gaiman's books with this one.
I am telling you this that it's never too late to read a good book. No matter what the genre it belongs to.

I like the story. I like the unexpected adventures Caroline had to explore. I like the side characters. I like the fact that the 'other' paren
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Coraline, a young girl, comes into a kind of parallel world when walking through a bricked door. On the other side she meets other parents than her own. Things get scary and complicated when her real parents are missing. Where are they gone? What about the mirror? Coraline get her parents back and what's the role of the black cat and the mouse circus? The author wrote a nice book for kids or early youth. There are also fine illustrations inside. Compliments to the author's imaginary vision and t ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy, ya, 2019-shelf
Re-read. But this time... with my daughter. And, as it turns out, SHE LIKED IT. :)


Nobody be dissing my Gaiman, yo.

Truly, it does get better on re-reads. So dark. Like, disturbingly dark. Honestly scary. Maybe worse for adults than for children. Maybe. My girl hid under her covers during certain points. I call that a win.

Teeth and tails and buttons for eyes. Can't go wrong with a little fluff, either. :)
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Coraline is a ravishingly wonderful tale of a brave girl confronting ghastly demons. Opening new doors, she builds an alternate house of monstrous reality, of fear draping the walls, of greed burying love. And now she has to redefine her rusty, curious world.

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.

Coraline charmingly reflects the fears and trials all children experience. The power of e
Hannah Greendale
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite middle grade novels of all time. It's an eerie, spooky little volume best read on a very dark and rainy evening. It's got a very spare, old fairy tale feel to it -- highly highly recommend. ...more
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! ...more
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