Friday, February 4, 2011

Best Book in January Goes to....

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I read this quick middle grade just a couple days ago and was astounded by two things:
The vocabulary
The story

The vocabulary in this quick read was really complicated for the grade level in my opinion. There were some words that even I had to think about twice, and I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary. I think for a middle grade or even young adult reader it would be very challenging.

The story was freaky and scary (Ella, totally a book made for you) in a good way. Coraline basically lets curiosity get the best of her and travels into another world. In this world, there are a lot of creepy things including rats (ewww) and a woman who looks like her mother, but isn't, and wants to replace her eyes with black buttons. TOTALLY CREEPY!!!!!

Now, I'm dying to see the movie now :) As an adult, I like it. As a kid, I think it'd really give me bad dreams. (Kinda like the Nightmare before Christmas did) If you're a fan of that though, you're guaranteed to love this book.

Have you read it? Plan on reading it? Seen the movie? Let me know in the comments!


  1. OMG, I made the mistake of showing this movie to my kids last year and my daughter has refused to go sleep alone ever since!!!

  2. I loved the movie, but I haven't read the book. I would recommend the movie but it is super creepy. It's amazing all the work they put into it.

  3. NEIL GAIMAN is one of my favorite authors. And if you audiobooks, the ones he reads himself are amazing! Great road trip listens.

  4. I actually saw the movie after our preacher referenced it in a sermon! Didn't realize it was a book.

    Kind of interesting how the movie developed the character of Coraline - she wasn't particularly likeable in the beginning. But I guess maybe that's part of the point. A lot of things weren't particularly likeable, but you want them REALLY BADLY toward the end because at least they are REAL!