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Coraline by Neil Gaiman PDF -In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
Only it’s different…
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
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Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. He is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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Listening Length 3 hours and 35 minutes Author Neil Gaiman Narrator Neil Gaiman Whispersync for Voice Ready Audible.com Release Date November 07, 2003 Publisher HarperAudio Program Type Audiobook Version Unabridged Language English Identification Number B0000YSH38
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browse shop review “As with many examples of classic children’s literature over the years, ‘Coraline’ offers the younger reader a few measured doses of mystery, suspense, and fear – and particularly the latter, though in moderation, since children absolutely adore being a little bit frightened, as we must surely all remember!
The story, of course, centres around the summer holiday adventures of its titular heroine – young Coraline Jones – who, along with her mother and father, has moved into one of the flats in a ramshackle old house in the wilds of the country. Coraline’s parents work from home but are busy people; and as I suspect is the case with many youngsters nowadays, they just don’t seem to have enough time in the day to spare their daughter the attention she craves. Her mother automatically buys Coraline ‘sensible’ clothes – never the clothes her daughter actually wants to wear; and her father – a worryingly clueless sort of ‘home husband’ – is an experimental but terrible cook, and never serves anything to table that Coraline wants to eat.
The upstairs flat is occupied by the eccentrically acrobatic Mr Bobo – a moustachioed Eastern European with a penchant for training a troublesome musical mouse circus; the downstairs flat is shared by two ageing but rather highly strung former thespian spinsters – Miss Forcible and Miss Spink – together with their phlegmatic Highland Terriers: Hamish, Andrew, and Jock. But diverting though these neighbours may at first appear, is it any wonder that a bold and curious young girl like Coraline should want to go adventuring – exactly as a haughty black cat asserts his right to go wandering far and wide about the place, as though he owns it?
It’s then that Coraline becomes captivated by the carved, brown wooden door in the drawing room – a locked door, which when released shows only a plain brick wall… Or does it…? In fact, the door leads to another world entirely – and to another house, which looks very much like her own. It also leads to another kindly father and another doting mother, neither of whom can seemingly do enough for lonely little Coraline – providing her with feasts of delicious food and the brightly coloured clothes she has always most desired; but just one thing:
Why do these alternative parents both have large and shiny-bright black buttons, sewn into place where their eyes must once have been…?
I won’t go into much more detail about the plot because that would surely spoil the experience for those coming to the novel afresh. Suffice it to say that Coraline has quite a torrid time of it in trying to escape from her ‘Other Mother’ (otherwise known as the mysterious ‘Beldam’), and that – with the help of one very formidable black cat, as previously mentioned – tries endlessly to return to her real mother and father, with whom she now desperately longs to be reunited.
‘Coraline’ is, of course, a typically imaginative piece of fiction from the distinguished and individual mind of Neil Gaiman. What really works in its favour, I think, is that Mr Gaiman thankfully refrains from those sensational excesses that too often find their way into his adult fictions for no better reason than their shock value, but which often end up being something more of a blight than a blessing. ‘Coraline’ can, in fact, be rightly celebrated for being a joyously restrained creation – a book about which no parent need concern themeselves too much when it comes to letting their children read it independently. I must also commend the illustrations by Chris Riddell, which grace the 10th Anniversary Edition that I bought – though perhaps the confined reading medium of my Kindle didn’t quite do them justice!
A guaranteed page turner!”
Jess Pagan “Coraline, a sprightly little girl, is very bored. Her parents have just moved into a new flat in the middle of nowhere where they work in the house. Those eternal summer days last forever and she has nothing to do: she has explored the grounds that surround the building – the abandoned meadow with the little covered well and the woods – and she has met the neighbours below and above her – the Miss Spink and Miss Forcible who used to act in theatre, and the strange man, Mr. Bobo, who is training his mice to do circus tricks – and there is nothing else to do. Even the lonesome black cat she sees skulking about seems bored. She is bored of her parents who have no time for her and she has done everything else there is to do.
There’s only one thing she hasn’t explored: the little door in the spare room where her grandmother’s furniture is kept ‘for best’. Her mother begrudgingly unlocks and opens the door to show a brick wall where it blocks off the empty flat next door. When her mother is out shopping Coraline unlocks the little door herself for another look. Instead of opening onto a brick wall, the door opens to reveal a long dark corridor. Curiosity gets the better of her and she crawls through it.
On the other side of the corridor she crawls out into the flat she just left, but it’s different somehow. Her parents are there, but they are different. The Other Mother is taller, thinner, ‘her teeth a little too long’ and her hair flows around her head. And in the place of eyes are two shiny black buttons. She cooks Coraline the food she always loves, in her other bedroom is a toybox full of toys she loves and in her wardrobe all the kinds of clothes she loves. This world is more interesting and fun, and her parents want to spend time with her. The black cat hasn’t changed much in the other world, but it can speak. It tells her to not trust this world and not trust the Other Mother. Everything is not as it seems.
And that is how the little girl spirals into this dark web crafted by the Other Mother to keep her here for herself. What does she really want? Why is she trying to get rid of the cat, ‘that vermin’, who is the only one telling her any truths?
This is a wonderfully wicked tale that will creep out the adults and fascinate the children. It is one of my favourite books, and if you loved the film you will love this even more as there are differences that strengthens the original story. Extra note: once you’ve read the book, if you want more then search for ‘Coraline theories’ on youtube for plenty more mysteries.”
Holly “My student (I am a tutor) is studying this book at school and asked me to help her with it. I had seen the movie, which is eerie and dark, but somehow this affected me more.
The plot is fairly simple, the writing is good and set firmly at a middle grade level and the book explores a variety of themes you normally see in a scary story, but often with a bit of a take-away children can use as teachings in their own life – especially the idea that being given everything you want often comes with a catch (think Hansel and Gretel) .
Now, I come from a slightly different POV than most children reading this book as I experienced an upbringing from a narcissistic mother. Due to this, the ‘other mother’ and life through the corridor did trigger some rather close to home feelings, even with it being told in an appropriate child-friendly way. Gaiman explores themes around control and abuse in this book, whilst on the surface it can also just be seen as a scary story. The fact that it evokes this response is a credit to his writing – he really captures the monster well.
The story explores themes around family and ‘the grass is always greener,’ whilst ultimately having the message that although everything has flaws , it is not always safe to just jump to a new situation to fix them.
This book is well written and my student loved it, finishing it in one sitting. She found it creepy and enjoyed exploring the idea of suspense in the story. She is 11 years old and I would say it was fine for 10 up, depending on the child. Some younger students may be fine with it, depending on their sensitivity.”
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