Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
Author: Neil Gaiman
While chatting with the lovely RedHeadedBookLover last night, she mentioned the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman as being a pretty good read. As I was looking for something else to read, I decided to give it a shot. I wanted something that was a quick read and get me out of the impending reading slump I was feeling coming on. This book did the trick. The e-book was only 195 pages long. As it is written for children, reading it was a breeze.
I saw the movie Coraline a number of years ago, and watched it again recently. While there were many similarities between the movie and the book, there were far more differences. I find I prefer the movie.
In the movie, I really liked the character Wybie. He was a comical edition to the story. He also provided someone else Coraline’s age in the story. You got to the story behind the house from his side and Coraline’s. I think he would have been great in the book as well.
In the book, Gaiman made The Other Mother, or beldam, scary from the beginning. While reading it her description gave me the creeps. This confused me a bit because it made me wonder would entice a child to stay there? Having her much more pleasant, like in the movie, is what made Coraline return a number of times before she realized the problem.
One cool thing that I really enjoyed about the book is that it took place in London. I love seeing the language differences. I noticed with a lot of British writers they have a certain style. It is very evident to me in writers such as Neil Gaiman and Ronald Dahl. I also liked the ending of the book. Having there be a little more after she escaped was nicer then the book suddenly ending and wrapping up once she left the beldam.
All in all I enjoyed the work. I think if I didn’t see the movie first, I would have given this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I know I often overlook Junior Fiction because it is geared towards such a young age, but works like these are often nostalgic and simply fun to read. I would recommend this book for children and adults. It is a spooky tale
What are your thoughts on Junior Fiction? Do you enjoy it? If so, what is your favorite?