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162 pages, Hardcover
First published July 2, 2002
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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?Coraline herself is brave and kind and courageous. At her age, I certainly couldn't have done half the things she managed. I love her strength and how there isn't a stich of love-interest - only adventure and escapades.
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“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, she is what I hope my future (hypothetical) daughter is going to be like. Out of boredom due to rainy days and parental inattention, Coraline sets out on a scary but awesome adventure. She bites off (almost) more than she can chew, but comes out of it a winner and just a bit more grown-up and mature (but luckily not in a dreadful moralistic way).
"Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to you, really listen to you. You’re too clever and too quiet for them to understand. They don’t even get your name right."The story is intense and sinister, and yet really fun. With his dark fairy-tales Coraline and The Graveyard Book, Gaiman proves that he has mastered the art of writing perfect non-condescending children's books that also appeal to adults. He is not afraid of making a kids' book scary; he knows kids can handle it quite well. The "Other" world he creates is eerie and surreal, with a dreamlike quality - the kind of dream from which you wake up screaming. But the story is also full of humor and has the Cat!
"We... we could be friends, you know," said Coraline.-----------
"We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of African dancing elephants," said the cat. "But we're not. At least," it added cattily, after darting a brief look at Coraline, "I'M not."