Wednesday 17 October 2012

CORALINE (The 10th Anniversary Edition) by Neil Gaiman

There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

This is the 10th Anniversary Edition of one of my favourite books. I've read this story several times--one time I even read it to my daughter--and it's just as awesome every single time. It's one of those stories that you can read over and over again and never get sick of it.
Coraline and her parents have just moved into a new and very strange place. Her parents don't seem to have any time for her, because they're busy doing their own thing, but at least she can go exploring. Exploring so much that she finds a locked door in the drawing room. One that opens up to a brick wall. When it somehow opens up she gets caught up in a world opposite to her own, where everything is familiar but a little different. And her other parents have button eyes.
However, this place isn't as good as it first appears and Coraline soon finds herself in a lot of danger. Danger that can lead to her losing her real parents forever...
Coraline is a beautiful story for audiences of all ages. It's got a little bit of everything, and Coraline is such an intriguing character. I absolutely LOVE this book! Another thing I loved about this edition was the new illustrations, and Neil Gaiman's introduction just rounds off a lovely reading experience.
This book is so pretty, I actually gave it to my daughter after reading. I know she's going to treasure it. :)
Coraline (The 10th Anniversary Edition), September 2012, 9781408832400, Bloomsbury

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