In a world all its own, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, manages to create an alternate universe that boasts excitement, fear, and the realization that maybe the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Coraline, not Caroline, is a young girl who finds herself bored more often than not. Her parents aren’t all that thrilled of her existence, or if they are they don’t show much interest in expressing it. She hasn’t much to do around her flat and you see, Coraline is an explorer. When she and her mother unlock a door that leads to nowhere Coraline finds her imagination running away with her and she soon realizes that beyond that door is something even she couldn’t ponder. Something that seems perfect, but perfection has a price.
Neil Gaiman takes simple language and turns it into vibrant characters, telling a story of one girls fight for normalcy after wishing it away. I would recommend reading it to your children, as it is something for a younger audience. That being said, any adult will enjoy this as a quick and interesting read. Gaiman’s creation of a world is sharp and intriguing, along with just the right touch of creepy.
Lots of love,