Rating: 4 Mrs. T's pierogies (not good enough to be homemade)
Review: I was super-excited when the Coraline
movie came out. and loved it. Then I was at Half Price Books the other
day, and found a copy of the book in the Clearance section for $2. What?! Yes
Jones is an adventurous girl, who moves with her family into an old
large house that has been converted into flats. One other flat is
vacant; Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, elderly former actresses who can't
admit that the past is behind them live in another; and Mr. Bobo, who
runs a mouse circus, lives in the fourth.
Coraline spends her days
exploring, and discovers a mysterious door that leads into a strange
world inhabited by her "other" parents. Although Coraline's parents are
constantly working and seem to be too busy to spend time with Coraline,
the Other Parents dote on her, and have creepy buttons for eyes.
Coraline quickly learns that not everything is as cheery as it seems,
and her Other Mother is a monstrous creature, who has already captured
Coraline's parents and other children. Coraline must use her wits to
free her parents and the other children, and to save herself from this
Coraline is about 175 pages, and the pages are
small and the type large. It only took me about two hours to read the
whole book. It's a Young Adult novella, so the language is quick and
light. I like reading short, fast books because they make me feel
accomplished. I feel like some kind of genius reader, blasting through a
whole book in one sitting.
is the only other Gaiman book I have read. I picked it up for reading
on vacation (a rained-out camping trip) and thought it was perfectly
good for that purpose, but I wouldn't count Gaiman amongst my
favorites. Coraline didn't sway my opinion one way or another--I'd be
happy to read more of his books, but I also wouldn't really go out of my
way to pick them up. Gaiman's a good author to read on an airplane or
on the bus, where you want something to easily keep your attention, and
don't want to think too much.
We don't have much bookcase space in
our house, so if I buy a book, I usually give it away to someone else
or sell it to a used bookstore very shortly after finishing it.
Although it's scary, I think Coraline would be a great book for Baby
Beez to read when she is old enough to start getting into the YA genre,
so I'll hold on to this one.