Free Reading CoralineAuthor Neil Gaiman – Wildlives.co
My summary The story begins with Coraline, a young girl who has just moved into a new house with her parents which has been broken up into different apartments with neighbors Coraline s new neighbors are interesting an old man who trains rats for a circus performance, and two old ladies who are retired stage actresses The issue is that Coraline s extremely frustrated and bored with not much to do Her parents are simply too busy with work to spend any time with her and Coraline feels somewhat neglected Coraline shook her head Why don t you play with me she asked Busy, he said Working, he added He still hadn t turned around to look at her.As she begins exploring her new home she finds a little door in the wall, but it s locked and she can t seem to get it open Once she finds the key she opens the door and discovers that it s closed off, but the next time she opens it, she finds a secret hallway that leads to another world Her neighbors have warned her previously, but curious Coraline enters the door into a new world and finds that the house looks much like her own Her neighbors are the same, but younger and interesting She discovers that the people living in the home look like her parents, but aren t her real parents They give her tons of attention and cook all the yummy food she loves It s like everything is perfect hereSo, said her other father Do you like it here I suppose, said Coraline It s much interesting than at home Eventually her other mother tells her that she can stay there and live forever, if she would only let them sew buttons onto her eyes Coraline is creeped out and decides to go back home, but her parents are missing Where on earth did they disappear to Now Coraline must figure how to get her parents back from the other mother.My thoughts on the book I finally read this with my kids after seeing the movie a hundred times We were surprised that the movie stayed fairly close to the book minus a few differences like the addition of a character and small details like the mango milkshake It was fun reading along and having the image of the movie characters in our minds.The book reads like a creepy fairy tale and we all savored it It surely kept our interest throughout and I thought it was written really well with good descriptions Neil Gaiman definitely doesn t disappoint with Coraline I think it s perfect for all ages, but maybe too creepy for very young readers There were a few disturbing parts that had us on edge toward the end and even as an adult, I found it gripping.I have to say that I loved the themes in this book I think they ll really push readers especially children to think about the choices they make in life and to appreciate what they have Not only that, even though Coraline experiences much fear, she must find a way to be brave and fight for what belongs to her She s actually very wise for her age and we just loved her Somewhere inside her Coraline could feel a huge sob welling up And then she stopped it, before it came out.There are some thought provoking lessons here and it opened up a big discussion after we finished the book We talked about some of the decisions that Coraline made and what we thought she could ve done differently We appreciated the QA with the author and also the reading group questions in the back We re happy to have this book added to our home library and will definitely be rereading this one in the future.4.5 You can see this review Has anyone ever said to you time heals all wounds Well for the villain of this story that is clearly not the case It s easy to pinpoint Coraline s bravery and talk about her experience, but that s not what this review is about I want to consider the other mother and her story I mean what exactly is her story We can only presume that she has been doing this kind of trickery for years, perhaps even centuries We don t really know a great deal about her She has three victims prior to her attempts on Coraline Two appear to be fairly normal children The third speaks in a form of Shakespearean English, which I took for proof of a victim many years previous We don t know a great deal about the actual house either or how long it has actually been standing The descriptions speak of age But how much age are we talking It s all a little bit of a mystery What drove this woman to such depravity What happened in her life that she needed to feed upon the love of children What has she lost Where did it all begin I can only speculate But one thing remains an absolute certainty to my mind something terrible happened to the other mother a long time ago, something awful that drove her into the deepest depths of despair and as a result she clings to the essence of life love The movie adaption gives some brief idea of where she came from she is Wyborn s Grandma s sister But I m not sure how much of this we can actually consider Although the movie was written in collaboration with Gaiman neither of the characters actually appear in the book So I m left with even speculation What do you think Is the other mother a villain or is she simply a misunderstood victim of fate Postscript I wish I had a friend like Coraline whilst growing up She s one cool kid. The Day After They Moved In, Coraline Went ExploringIn 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, Books Whose Pictures Writhe And Crawl And Shimmer, Little Dinosaur Skulls That Chatter Their Teeth 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 And All The Tools She Can Find If She Is To Save The Lost Children, Her Ordinary Life, And Herself Critically Acclaimed And Award Winning Author Neil Gaiman Will Delight Readers With His First Novel For All Ages Coraline is a short but delightfully dark and creepy book that just happens to feature one of my absolute favorite characters Is it wrong that I want to be Coraline s best friend Because, she said, when you re scared but you still do it anyway, that s braveCoraline is clever, quirky, curious and adventurous, brave and determined, independent, stubborn to no end, a bit reckless and not scared of danger She will NEVER leave any mysterious doors locked and uninvestigatedIn short, she is what I hope my future hypothetical daughter is going to be likeOut of boredom due to rainy days and parental inattention, Coraline sets out on a scary but awesome adventure She bites off almost than she can chew, but comes out of it a winner and just a bit grown up and mature but luckily not in a dreadful moralistic wayNothing s changed You ll go home You ll be bored You ll be ignored No one will listen to you, really listen to you You re too clever and too quiet for them to understand They don t even get your name rightThe story is intense and sinister, and yet really fun With his dark fairy tales Coraline and The Graveyard Book, Gaiman proves that he has mastered the art of writing perfect non condescending children s books that also appeal to adults He is not afraid of making a kids book scary he knows kids can handle it quite well The Other world he creates is eerie and surreal, with a dreamlike quality the kind of dream from which you wake up screaming But the story is also full of humor and has the Cat I guess I have a weakness for amazing book cats it must be the Alice in Wonderland influence on my young pliable mind back in 1980s I adore the wisdom, independence, and a bit of condescending attitude they give humansWe we could be friends, you know, said Coraline We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of African dancing elephants, said the cat But we re not At least, it added cattily, after darting a brief look at Coraline, I M notThe language of the book is simple and sparing, and fits the story perfectly Coraline is one of the books that are just meant to be read aloud Overall, a great story that fully deserves the 5 star rating. Does anyone have access to a rooftop Preferably in a big city, or at least a town of reasonable size High enough for it to be noticeably a rooftop, but absolutely NO higher than that because I have a mildly to seriously debilitating fear of heights Maybe you re an electrician, or a building super, or simply a very sneaky person with a skill for discovering high up places Whatever I just need temporary roof access.Because, ahem I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I NEED TO SCREAM IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.This is creepy and exciting and beautifully written and filled with wonderful characters and settings and scenes I love Neil Gaiman, as of recently, and I most especially love Coraline both book and character I love it enough to read it multiple times, and also read the graphic novel at least once possibly , and also see the movie several times over including in theaters with my whole family, including my very very small and very very scared brother.I saw the movie before I read the book, and for that I repent.There are so many little things from this that have stuck in my memory the character voice of the cat the talking terriers in Miss Spink and Miss Forcible s apartment the all knowing circus mice the fact that when Coraline had to feed herself, she went to the grocery store and bought herself a bag of apples and a whole chocolate cake the biggest mood ever.Also, that reminds me that this is the best book ever for talking animals.I just love this story I love everything about it It is, for me, a perfect book.Now I want apples and chocolate cake.Bottom line I love fairytales, and this is my favorite one this is a top to bottom perfect book.review to come i love this book so much i want to absorb it into myself, but that is physically impossible.so i m rereading it, which is the next best thing. 3.5 5When you re scared but you still do it anyway, that s brave I think this would have been one of my favorite books if I read it as a child, but unfortunately 20 something me felt like it was lacking I went into this with too high of expectations because the movie gave me nightmares after I saw it in theaters Basically, I pretty much expected this to be a novelization of the movie that was not the case Though the big plot points remain the same, the movie was fleshed out and atmospheric, and I was disappointed But all in all, if you re looking for a spooky book that only will take you a couple of hours to read this is it Coraline, not Caroline, thank you, the little girl who was small for her age, and found herself in darkest danger was the subject of Neil Gaiman s 2002 publication, which was in Gaiman s own words refreshingly creepy Gaiman said that he started writing the book for his young daughter Holly around the time they moved to America but, unintentionally, wrote it very slowly, one word at a time and thus stretched out the project for years Refreshingly creepy is maybe the best way to describe this young adult work that also has darker elements, references to myth and the occult that will probably fly over the heads of younger readers Older readers will find Coraline living down the street from Charles Addams place and also backyard neighbors of Ray Bradbury s The October Country folks There was a tiny doubt inside her, like a maggot in an apple core But Gaiman s Coraline never achieves the campy fun of Addams or Bradbury, leaning instead towards a Tim Burtonesque darkness that is charming in its own way Though the 2009 film was directed by Burton collaborator Henry Selick.Gaiman masterfully blends haunting elements of nighttime mystery with his own inimitable style of writing, to create a setting for Coraline to explore Coraline s plucky little girl, written soberly for a slightly mature reader, struggles perfectly with the arcane machinations of the other mother It doth not hurt, whispered one faint voice.Finally, Gaiman s unique ability to craft a sepulchral niche that is akin to Lovecraft but playful, reminds the reader of his brilliant work The Graveyard Book An excellent introduction to his canon, this is also a must read for a Gaiman fan. This is the perfect Halloween read It s creepy, eerie, and beautifully written Now I want to rewatch the movie I loved it D I was such a cowardly kid that I never managed to read than the blurb on the backNow that I ve finally summoned the courage to give it a try I wish I read it sooner I love this novel Unlike Gaiman s fiction for adults, every sentence, every word has its purpose And finally, Gaiman does not throw in some weird sex scene Can I get a hallelujahOne especially dull and rainy day traps young Coraline inside the new house Her parents are busy and she must entertain herself She finds a little door in the drawing room and a little key that fits in.he discovers a passageway into the otherworld In it are her other mother and her other father both of which always have the time for her and adore making her favorite foods But, there s somethingtoo otherlyabout the two that raises her hackles They re perfect Finally, the other mother plays her hand She wants Coraline all to herself With a growing sense of dread, Coraline finds the way back locked and her chances of escaping becoming ever slimmerAll the while, the other mother promises how wonderful and lovely living with her will beforever I don t want whatever I want Nobody does Not really What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn t mean anything What thenCoraline herself is brave and kind and courageous At her age, I certainly couldn t have done half the things she managed I love her strength and how there isn t a stich of love interest only adventure and escapades.Much better than expected and I didn t get any nightmares Audiobook CommentsRead by the author woohoo As much as I grumble about some of his books, there s no denying that he s absolutely fabulous to listen to this man could read a grocery list and I d give it a listen.Blog Instagram Twitter A 82% Very Good NotesA genuinely disturbing and creepy story with vivid imagery, it s well rounded and goes at a perfect pace and length.