Hey Ho Lemons and Limes!
Today Neko brings you… Coraline?! Yup I love this movie then found out it was a book! Say what?! Yes indeed a book! So off to the library we went and…
Author: Neil Gaiman
Synopsis: Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
My Thoughts: I loved it! Definitely different from the movie but in a good way! Normally I hate movies from books because they leave or change so much, but this was done really well on both accounts.
Coraline is cute, not as bratty as the movie (I loved her in the movie btw), and still has all the crazy neighbors a girl could want! And the cat! He is still a little jerk! I love the little jerk cat. The kid ghosts seemed to be a little more fleshed (hehe) out as characters too which I felt added to Coraline empathizing with their plight. The mice, the dogs, the hand, the beetle eating… It’s a lot jam packed into 162 pages but doesn’t feel rushed, just makes for a quick read. Her other mother is creepy as all get out and the basement scene, which I don’t remember from the movie, was super creeperific! Granted I am a total coward, but I still highly recommend this little book to anyone who loves a good treasure hunt/quest, who loves Gaiman, or who loves Burton.
Have any of you read Coraline? No, go do it now!!