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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  481,373 ratings  ·  21,050 reviews
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 under the roof ("'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the m ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 162 pages
Published August 4th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 24th 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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Patrick
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jayson
(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.
Nataliya
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Sean Barrs
Has anyone ever said to you “time heals all wounds?”

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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
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Zoë
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

"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
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emma
nothing in this world brings me comfort and joy like this book

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i have to read 4 books in 4 days to finish my reading challenge and i'm stressed and today is the first day i don't feel sick in 2 weeks and there's so much to do and i have no motivation to do it and yes in conclusion i'm reading coraline for the second time this year.

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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 r
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Lyn
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hannah
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cecily
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cecily by: Apatt


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
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Mischenko
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
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Richard
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dita
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Um...what?

I am not exactly sure why I hung in there with this odd and quirky audiobook. It is soooooo not my jam.

I couldn't just relax and go with it, it's weird AF.

I did enjoy the author's narration, he is pretty enthusiastic.
Reynita Maharani ★ 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 :(

REVIEW TO COME TOMORROW.

'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
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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
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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
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Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
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
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Carmen
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
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.

Cora
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Laura
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so creepy, I loved it.

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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
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Cristina Monica
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I feel like I've just conquered a fear of mine. The movie adaptation of this book basically traumatized me when I was a kid. Seriously, so creepy. Those button eyes kept me awake at night for weeks and I had this huge fear of someone kidnapping me. I literally read on kidnapping when I was eleven and found out the average age of kidnapped children and was like, ''Okay, I need to be super careful until I reach this age and then I can loosen up a little bit.'' Maybe I should have talked to someone ...more
C.G. Drews
Who doesn’t like a freaky middle-grade book to snack on (at nighttime) ever once and a while? I was in the mood for something freakish and gothic. I got it. (Plus, writing research for middle-grade books. I am a writer, after all.)

So between taking notes about style and description and length of MG books, I enjoyed the story immensely. A lot of a lot, okay? It’s written in such a simple way. It probably mentions about 3 or 4 times how Coraline is actually feeling. The rest is fact. This happened
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Nishat
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
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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

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Peter
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
Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf, ya, horror
Re-read. But this time... with my daughter. And, as it turns out, SHE LIKED IT. :)

Whew.

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. :)
karen
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
reading this book made me really cross i missed the 3d movie when it was out in theaters. 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 i've read too much in my life to be scared of it, or surprised by it, which is a shame. i'm going to turn this review into a request for people to scare me. when i was little, my brother would hide under ...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!
Megs ♥

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
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 me pret
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