Tuesday, November 6, 2012


By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean

Coraline and her parents move to a really old house when Coraline’s dad gets a new job.  After they move Coraline is really bored with her toys and her parents are too busy working to play with her. She goes exploring around the house and finds a secret door hidden in the wall. Coraline asks her mom to open it, but when she does it is just a brick wall. Coraline opens it again later on, and it isn’t a brick wall anymore. It is another world that looks exactly like her world, except it has an “other mother” and an “other dad” who look just like her real mom and dad, but they have button eyes and are much nicer to Coraline. There is a black cat in both worlds. In the real world he acts like a regular cat. In the other world he can talk! Strange things begin to happen, and Coraline finds out that everything isn’t what it seems.

This book is a mystery, and it is a little bit creepy. You will like this book if you like surprise endings and scary stories. Most little kids probably shouldn’t read this book. I was a little scared, but I thought it was a super duper awesome book, and I loved reading it!

To learn more about this book you can visit the author's website at http://www.mousecircus.com/. I just visited the website and found out that there is a section of videos where you can listen to the author and other famous people reading the story. So cool!

Rating: 5 out of 5 worms

Pages: 176 (paperback), 192 (hardcover)
Interest Level: Grades 6 to 8
Reading Level: 5.2

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