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Author's Note

More then ten years ago I started to write a children?s book. It was for my daughter, Holly, who was five years old. I wanted it to have a girl as a heroine, and I wanted it to be refreshingly creepy.

I started to write a story about a girl named Coraline. I thought that the story would be five or ten pages long. The story itself had other plans....

It was a story, I learned when people began to read it, that children experienced as an adventure, but which gave adults nightmares. It's the strangest book I've written, it took the longest time to write, and it's the book I'm proudest of.

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bookloverxxv, December 19, 2010 (view all comments by bookloverxxv)
Way cool. This is my favorite Gaiman. It's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" with a nasty twist. Lewis Carroll, eat your heart out...
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Shoshana, December 21, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
This is a cute enough horror/fairy tale, but I'm mystified by the awards it's received. Gaiman's setting is his usual "not here but not quite anywhere else" intersticial world whose distorted and malevolent denizens wish the protagonist no good. Like all hero's journeys, Coraline's includes guides and magical appurtenances (the latter lending a somewhat deus ex machina feel to the proceedings, but hey, it's a fairy tale). The description of the evil characters as having literal button eyes was jarring and took me out of the narrative repeatedly; they belong in a different story. True to his usual concerns, Gaiman gives us an inadequate, cool mother (it's asserted that she's emotionally attractive, but she comes off much less so than the father) and a frightening alter-mother, though it is refreshing to read something from him that is not about a sympathetic male protagonist with an unpleasant, inaccessible female love interest.
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pebbeb, February 6, 2007 (view all comments by pebbeb)
This book was my introduction to the writings of Neil Gaiman and I'm very glad to have found this book. Coraline is one of the most imaginative stories and belongs in the canon of great children's literature. It is filled with twists, nightmarish images, moments of stunning beauty and of dark surprises. This was one of those books that pulled me in and did not let me go. Like other great books, I hated for this one to end.
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Product Details

Illustrations by:
McKean, Dave
McKean, Dave
Loftin, Nikki
Gaiman, Neil
McKean, Dave
by Neil Gaiman
New York
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Horror & Ghost Stories
Horror stories
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Horror
Children s All Ages - Fiction - Science Fiction
General Juvenile Fiction
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Scary Stories
Family - Parents
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
374 (rev.)
Publication Date:
August 5, 2003
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
B/W interior drawings
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:

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Product details 208 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780380807345 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[M]agnificently creepy....[S]ome deliciously eerie descriptive writing. Not for the faint-hearted — who are mostly adults anyway — but for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister: Coraline is spot on."
"Review" by , "[A]n electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons....Gaiman twines his taught tale with a menacing tone and crisp prose fraught with memorable imagery..."
"Review" by , "Not since Narnia has the simple act of opening a door unlocked such a fantastic journey. And not since Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole has that journey been so splendidly strange and frightening."
"Review" by , "Inventive, scary, thrilling, and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them."
"Review" by , "So wonderfully whimsical that readers of all ages will hungrily devour it, word by word....Coraline is destined to become a classic."
"Review" by , "By turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply."
"Review" by , "A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings....Well done."
"Review" by , "As we used to say, it blew my mind...chilly, finely-wrought prose, a truly weird setting and a fable that taps into our most uncomfortable fears."
"Review" by , "Coraline may be Gaiman?s most disciplined and fully controlled novel to date, and it may even end up as something of a classic."
"Review" by , "The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word. Coraline is a character with whom they will surely identify, and they will love being frightened out of their shoes."
"Review" by , "This story provides a good edge-of-your-seat read without being terribly frightening. For those children who like to be scared, Gaiman's novel is a well-written alternative to Goosebumps."
"Review" by , "Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think."
"Review" by , "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing."
"Review" by , "This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your toes, and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "I think this book will nudge Alice in Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love."
"Review" by , "This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death. Unless you want to find yourself hiding under your bed, with your thumb in your mouth, trembling with fear and making terrible noises, I suggest that you step very slowly away from this book and go find another source of amusement, such as investigating an unsolved crime or making a small animal out of yarn."
"Synopsis" by , "Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . ."

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman's first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.

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