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Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College. Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.
One of the most horrifying worlds brought to print appears in Neil Gaiman's children's book Coraline (Perennial: Harper-Collins. 2006. ISBN 978-0-06-113937-6. pap. $12.95). When Coraline explores her family's new home, she discovers a doorway to a world almost identical to her own but with some startling differences. Everything there is the mirror of her old life, including her parents-except for their paper white skin and black button eyes. Does Coraline have the power to escape her horrid "other mother" and return to her normal life? And what will she find waiting for her there? Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
When a girl moves into an old house, she finds a door leading to a world that eerily mimics her own, but with sinister differences. "An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons," wrote PW in a boxed review. Ages 8-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gr 6-8-When Coraline and her parents move into a new house, she notices a mysterious, closed-off door. It originally went to another part of the house, which her family does not own. Some rather eccentric neighbors call her Caroline and seem not to understand her very well, yet they have information for her that will later prove vital. Bored, she investigates the door, which takes her into an alternate reality. There she meets her "other" mother and father. They are very nice to her, which pleases Coraline but also makes her a little suspicious. Her neighbors are in this other world, and they are the same, yet somehow different. When Coraline gets nervous and returns home, her parents are gone. With the help of a talking cat, she figures out that they are being held prisoner by her other parents, as are the souls of some long-lost children. Coraline's plan to rescue them involves, among other things, making a risky bargain with her other mother whose true nature is beginning to show. The rest of the story is a suspense-filled roller coaster, and the horror is all the more frightening for being slightly understated. A droll humor is present in some of the scenes, and the writing is simple yet laden with foreboding. The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word. Coraline is a character with whom they will surely identify, and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"A magnificently creepy story. Coraline is spot
on."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
" Walk through the door and you'll believe in love, magic, and the power of good over evil."--USA Today
"Coraline is by turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Gaiman's tale is inventive, scary, thrilling and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them."--Washington Post Book World
"A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings...Well done."--New York Times Book Review