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.
xent, May 10, 2006 (view all comments by xent)
Creepy, Scary and at the end...Inspiring!
One could just feel the intensity in this Gaiman's book! Goosebumps would be triggered and would linger to your satisfaction.
Highly imaginative! from the button eyes to the make-believe world...truly unbelievable!!!
one word for it..."Whoa!"
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by Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review),
"[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...yet keeps the narrative just this side of terrifying....McKean's scratchy, angular drawings...add an ominous edge that helps ensure this book will be a real bedtime-buster."
by The Independent (U.K.),
"Delicate and extraordinary, it reads like Alice in Wonderland crossed with Stephen King..."
by Chris Wyatt, Cinescape.com,
"[D]elightfully creepy....Gaiman proves with Coraline that he is truly a mythmaker."
by Stephen King,
"[Neil Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
by Lemony Snicket, author of The Series of Unfortunate Events,
"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."
by Diana Wynne Jones, author of Dark Lord of Derkholm,
"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."
by Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and co-author of Good Omens,
"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."
From the author of American Gods and Stardust comes a fantastical tale. When Coraline steps through the locked doors in her family's new flat, she finds a world which caters to her every whim. But when she wants to leave, things turn unpleasant. To save other trapped children, her parents, and herself, Coraline must fight with all her wits and courage. Illustrations by Dave McKean.
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