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Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house-a house so huge that other people live in it, too… round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers (“We trod the boards, luvvy”) and the mustachioed old man under the roof (“‘The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,’ said the man upstairs, ‘is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'”) Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored-so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that-sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks-opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe.
What’s on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of… people who pronounce her name correctly (not “Caroline”), delicious meals (not like her father’s overblown “recipes”), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her “other mother” and her “other father”-people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin… and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door.

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Comments on: "Coraline – Neil Gaiman" (11)

  1. This movie / book is so weird and wacky yet it is truly wonderful and I would classify it as a piece of art due to it’s creative characters, intriguing plot line and unique setting. It’s about a girl named Coraline who moves to a muddy and constantly raining city. Her house and surroundings are a little quirky to say the least. During her exploration of the house, she discovers a door in the wall that leads to the same house as hers but with a mother and father who has buttons for eyes. They give her love and care unlike her parents back at home. But when she wakes up, she’s back home and the door as vanished. I’m not sure if I preferred watching the movie or reading the book more but they were both really well told and presented. My favourite character is Coraline, hands down and 100%. I love her personality and opinions towards situations and people, constantly feeling confused yet curious as to what is going to happen as she meets other characters and explores her world further. I think everyone of all ages needs to either read or watch Coraline’s story.

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  2. Coraline is so scary, even as a book! The button eyes, the new world, the tension of not knowing what is ahead of you are thrilling aspects on this book.
    It all starts out fine and the BAM! she finds this whole new world where all her dreams come true but it’s actually a horrible land. Coraline thought she had found everything she ver wanted but the thing was that the place she discovered wasn’t real! Everyday was a lie and everyone around her was not from the real world. She eventually figures out she wants to go back and so begin her epic escape.
    Frankly, the ‘Other Mother’ scares me so much a shiver a little when I think about her trying to keep Coraline forever and give her button-eyes (gasp!) that my hair stands on end…. well, not really, but she is scary
    Read if you want a spine-tingling book at night.

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  3. BUTTON EYES O.O

    CREEPY!!!

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  4. well i think the movie was great. because i am into scary movies and books so to me that movie was one of my favourites. when i saw the voodoo doll i know there was something up because i have never ever seen a voodoo doll look the same as Coraline. i think people between 10 to 18 would love to read or see it.

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  5. creepy.

    exactly what it should be. all though i think to story is too complicated. But it’s very vivid and very good writing.

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  6. an edgy and exciting book but things can never be what they seem and coraline must watch out for behind all the mistery and wonder of this fantsy world is dark secrets and coraline must face challenges in a completely unknown world. Behind a very small door can be more then anyone will know and an adventure that will take bravery courage resilience and the will to survive.

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  7. This is the most adventures, edge sitting book i have ever read. This book is about a young girl who has just moved into a pink house with her parents, her parents pay no attention to her, on one of the days she went to go and see her dad, he told her to go and count everything blue, every window and every door. As she explores the house she finds this door her mum unlocks it for her, only to find a brick wall. At night a little mouse comes into her room and leads her to the little door, she finds a little tube that leads to another small door. Coraline has to face may new adventures, will she make it back alive, what will happen next?
    I recommend this book to any one that likes adventure.

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  8. Coraline is about a little girl who moves to a new house. Her parents are always so busy with work and tell her to go away. She finds a really small door and when she opens it there is only a brick wall. That night little mice come into her room and lead her to the small door again she opens it and to her surprize there is a passage way. She follows it down to find a new house that was like hers or was it. Coraline then goes through many unbelievable adventures and challenges she must face. Does she get back home read the book to find out. I recommend this book to any one that freaky story.

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  9. this book is great some things are freaky. Coraline is adventures and funny. the story is a about a girl who moves it to a new house she finds a door and she opens it and its a brick wall, but at night there is a tunnel that takes her to a magical place, but in the morning she finds her self back in her bed and the tunnel is not there is is bricks again. her parents in the other world have buttons and are nice she soon finds out she might not come back. i recommend this book because its freaky.

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  10. This book is kind of scary but it has lots adventures. Coraline sees a door that is locked her mum opens it and all there is, is a brick wall. but one time her mum was out and coraline opened the door and it isn’t blocked its leads to somewhere. she crawls inside its just like her normal house but then she sees her parents they have buttons in there eyes everyone in the village has buttons on there eyes. she begins to like her other place better. Then she realizes she will never come back she must go. I recommend this book to people who like adventurous stories. I hope you guys read and see how good it is.

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  11. i recommend the book coraine for anyone who likes a creepy book. coraline in a girl who moves in to a new home that she likes to explore she lives in a big house so everday she has somthing new to explore, but one day it starts to rain and she is not alowed out side. coralines mum shows her a door that leads no where. the next day coralines mum goes shopping and coraline goes to the door to find that it no longer leads to a brick wall it lead somewhere! but when coraline enters she meets her “other mother”. coraline is a great book and have a really interesting story line. i really liked it and didnt exspect half the things that i read. xx

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