Coraline by Neil Gaiman had been making the rounds on the blogs and I was really curious about it. So, finally I picked it up at the library and gave it a read.
The book starts with Coraline and her parents moving into an older apartment complete with a lot of odd neighbors. Coraline is bored. She’s not in school and her parents are always too busy to do anything with her.
So of course Coraline wants to find something to do or something to explore. Now in her apartment there is this closed door that when opened is covered in bricks. Behind that door ends up being another world that is eerily the same as her old one with some strange differences like toys that are alive and dancing rats. Not to mention that she has another mother and father who look just like hers except for the black button eyes.
However, here she has all the attention she could want along with lots of good food and nicer clothes. Things are ok until she decides that she’d still rather be back at her real home with her real parents. This does not go over well with the ‘other mother’. She wants to keep Coraline all to herself. They end up in a battle of wills for Coraline to get back her freedom to live in her real world.
You know this book is classed for a younger audience, ages 9-12 I believe. Well I’m here to say that it scared the pants off me. I did enjoy it. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite book but it was ok for me. It did however creep me out. The rats that are alive and there is all this fog outside and at one point Coraline gets locked in a closet. Sheesh, if I was her age I would have died of fear. I enjoyed how Coraline was portrayed in the book as a young, brave girl and not the kind to go hide under the bed screaming (hmmmm, maybe like I would have). One thing that has stayed with me long after reading the book (I finished it the other day) is the black button eyes on the ‘other mother’. That picture is still vivid in my mind and truthfully I still find it scary.
Here are some of my bloggy friend’s reviews on this novel: