Monday, March 21, 2011

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: P. Craig Russell
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Todd Klein
Copyright: 2002, 2008 by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fiction

Theme: Family

This story is about a girl named Coraline Jones, who moves into a new house with her parents and she discovers a locked door in the drawing room, which is all bricked up. Her neighbors Mrs. Spink and Mrs. Forcible warn her that she is in great danger after reading her tea leaves, but they cannot tell her why exactly. One day, while alone at home, Coraline decides to unlock the door and she finds a long passageway to a room identical to the one she just left. In this room she finds her Other father and her Other mother; replicas of her real parents, but with buttons as eyes. Even though this frightens her a bit, she decides to stay and explore the area. When her Other mother and her Other father ask her to stay with them forever, she leaves. Soon she realizes that her real mother and father have been kidnapped and she decides she must help them, even if it means going back through that passageway, and to her Other mother and her Other father. Searching for her real parents, Coraline meets three ghost children, a talking cat and things she only dreamed of before. Coraline experiences and sees many strange things throughout this story, and in the end becomes a hero.

At first I had no idea what to expect out of this story. I started reading it and I wasn't really into it, but once I got to the middle where Coraline realized her parents were missing I started getting into the book. I wanted to know what had happened and it made me keep reading. I read the book in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. Every page I turned made me want to read more to find out what happened next. I think it's a great book. Also, since I read the graphic novel, there were so many pictures to look at and it made the story that much better. Everything that was going on in the story had a picture to go along with it, which gave me a better idea of what was going on and what things looked like. I wouldn't recommend this story for younger kids, because I think some of them would probably have nightmares.

About the Author:
Neil Gaiman is a British author, born on November  10th, in 1960. He is one of the top writers in modern comics, and he writes books for readers of all ages. He was born and raised in England, but now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has lived there since 1992. Gaiman moved there to be close to the family of Mary McGrath, his wife at the time, with whom he has three children: Michael, Holly, and Madeleine. He learned to read at the age of four. He absolutely loved reading as a child. He wrote his first book in 1984. Neil Gaiman is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work.

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