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by Neil Gaiman (more about Neil Gaiman) 1556/799 first published 2002
Fantasy and Magic for ages 10 to 16 published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £6.99, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A spooky tale about a door that leads Coraline to another world just like her own, but terrifyingly different!
What happens?
Coraline and her parents have just moved into a new flat and she is bored, she meets the neighbours, an old man upstairs who trains mice. Two old actresses downstairs who read her tea leaves and tell her she is in terrible danger, but she is still bored and so she tries opening the locked door in the drawing room. She knows there is a brick wall behind it, her mom showed it her, but now she is alone in the flat she wants to look again! Now there is no wall just a passage way which takes her into a flat just like hers, where she meets her parents, except they don't seem quite the same and they have huge black buttons for eyes. They have been waiting for her, are desperate to love her and sow black buttons on her eyes too! Coraline must find a way to escape these people but things become more complicated when she realises they have also got her real parents hidden away somewhere!
Is it easy to read?
Easily read by a confident reader, suitable for boys as well as girls.
Anything else?
I settled down to read this book knowing I was in for a treat and I loved every minute of it. I think it's one of those books that you could read several times and each time you would pick up some new idea or little image you hadn't noticed before. The whole concept of going into a reflected world is brilliant, what makes this so spooky are the little twists, like the dogs becoming part bat and the two actresses being moulded together like wax dolls. The more I think about it the more I want to read it again, check over some of the spooky bits and pick out the story. This is brilliant a really gripping book that you should read, and as Terry Pratchett says " you'll never think of buttons in the same way again!"
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This review by Mrs Mad.
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