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[You know I always go back and forth if I like Dave McKean’s work or not. Except in MirrorMask. Because MirrorMask is awesome.]
“When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. Bu there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.”
Yayyyyy, more Gaiman! So this is yet another re-read. I was given Coraline as a gift and decided that since it had been forever since I read it, I could knock it out in a few hours since its a short book. [It’s technically for middle schoolers I think?]
Also, its been ages since I saw the movie so I don’t remember everything to compare to other than the book seemed a bit darker than I remember the movie was.
A lot of people tried to say that this book was a story that could ‘replace’ Alice in Wonderland, which I disagree with. While this is a face paced story for kids, that’s very AiW-esque, I think that even outside of being biased and loving AiW, it just isn’t the same despite that Coraline parallels with Alice in a lot of ways, including have a talking cat as an occasional helper/occasional annoyance, and various characters matching others.
Coraline is also an interesting, believable kid. She’s at an age where she feels too old to play with old toys, but is still too young to start to be independent. She starts out in the story fairly annoying and bratty that she’s not being entertained 24-7, but her parents are also current-day adults that are busy trying to make ends meet. [They’re also a little TOO busy, but that is discussed in the story]
But the adventures that Coraline has is what matures her as a girl and as a character. The ‘Other World’ where she meets her Other Mother, and Other Father, who are wonderfully creepy. One thing I DO remember in the movie however, is that in the movie the Other Mother is far more spider-like/a spider creature and they center in on that creepiness. In the book, she’s creepy, but not to that extent.
It makes me wonder though, if your actual mother is evil, would that make your Other Mother even more evil? Or good? Not at all because mine is evil or anything. Not at all. [side-eye]
Also, the book rating is down a star because of the fact that the ending is so lackluster in the book. I feel like the climax faltered a bit, and leaves you feeling like there was supposed to be more to it.
I give Coraline 4/5 Black Button Eyes
“The Other Mother’s wet-looking black hair started to drift around her head, like the tentacles of a creature in the deep ocean.”