Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Coraline is a delightfully creepy children’s book and I am glad to have finally read it. I’ve not read much of Neil Gaiman’s work, but I’ve been intrigued by Coraline since the film adaptation came out in 2009. I still haven’t watched the film, but at least I’ve read the book now. Perhaps in another ten years’ time, I’ll get around to watching the film.

Coraline and her parents have recently moved into a flat that is part of a large, old building. Coraline discovers that the fourteenth door in their flat is usually locked and only opens up to a brick wall, which separates their flat from the unoccupied one next door. One night, Coraline finds that the door has been left open. She walks through and finds herself in a world that is similar, but also very different, to her own. Here she meets her Other Mother and it initially seems a much more exciting place to live. The food is better, there is more to do, the animals talk, and her Other Parents have more time to talk to her. All is not as it seems though and Coraline learns that she needs to act quickly and cleverly to save herself, her real parents, and the old souls of some lost children.

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