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Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2002
Summary: Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house. Within the house, there is a door special door that opens into an alternate universe that has everything Coraline has ever dreamed of.
An Unexpected Heroine
The one factor that made me enjoy Coraline as little as I did is the titular character. I absolutely love just about everything related to Coraline. She speaks her mind and is not afraid of always being herself. I love her curious nature, even when it lands her into some precarious situations. I love her honesty is all situations. I love her bravery in difficult situations. She used her wits against The Other Mother, and I enjoyed this story of a young person solving problems and bravely facing adversity on their own terms. Coraline is an amazing character that is sure to inspire and delight kids of all ages, especially middle school age kids who will most certainly see themselves in her. Coraline can show all of us it’s okay to be scared in scary situations because being a brave heroine doesn’t mean not being scared. It just means facing your battles in spite of it. Coraline is the epitome of heroism.
I have heard nothing but great things about Neil Gaiman’s books, so I have been looking forward to reading Coraline for a while. When it took so long for the book to become available at my local library, I took that as a sign to expect quite the enjoyable read. However, I’m afraid to say that this book fell mostly flat for me. The only aspect I loved was that Gaiman held no punches when it came to the creepiness factor. I felt the tension as Coraline battled with The Other Mother, and I wasn’t sure if she would succeed in her quest. Although this book doesn’t get top marks from me, I think it’s a worthwhile read.
The Final Grade
Laborious Literature: I definitely did not love this book, but I didn’t hate it either. All in all, I would recommend anyone read Coraline at least once because I love the message about independence and bravery.
So…have you read Coraline? Are you a Gaiman fan? Let us know in the comments! |RL