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Coraline discovered the door a little after they moved into the house. When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Coraline discovered the door a little after they moved into the house. When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting, nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.


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Coraline discovered the door a little after they moved into the house. When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Coraline discovered the door a little after they moved into the house. When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting, nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.

30 review for Coraline Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I really enjoy the story of Coraline, but the artwork just didn't do it for me. I really enjoy the story of Coraline, but the artwork just didn't do it for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I'd definitely recommend this version to reluctant readers. Yeeees. The real book is...a REAL book, but I'm talking about those kids who don't like to read. I've got one of those, and she loved this thing. My feeling is that if you can get them hooked on a good story, no matter how you do it, it's going to show them the possibilities between the pages of a book. The graphic novel tells the same story as the book, but with the added bonus of pictures. Duh. Who doesn't like pictures? Blind folks and sn I'd definitely recommend this version to reluctant readers. Yeeees. The real book is...a REAL book, but I'm talking about those kids who don't like to read. I've got one of those, and she loved this thing. My feeling is that if you can get them hooked on a good story, no matter how you do it, it's going to show them the possibilities between the pages of a book. The graphic novel tells the same story as the book, but with the added bonus of pictures. Duh. Who doesn't like pictures? Blind folks and snobs, that's who. If you're blessed enough to have a voracious little reader, by all means hand them the novel. Otherwise, try this. Good story + creepy (yet child-friendly) art = unicorns farting rainbows! Recommended

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    Coraline is a wonderful novel; it’s full of mystery. My head hurts when I think about what is actually happening. Sure we can make guesses at the magic behind it, but we will never fully be able to understand how it works. This is part of the book’s greatness: it will always remain elusive. So the plot of Corlaine is superb; there’s no arguing that, yet this comic adaption of it is just poor. Why? Well it lacks colour. Coraline has undertones of the gothic, of the unusual, of the untraceable. Th Coraline is a wonderful novel; it’s full of mystery. My head hurts when I think about what is actually happening. Sure we can make guesses at the magic behind it, but we will never fully be able to understand how it works. This is part of the book’s greatness: it will always remain elusive. So the plot of Corlaine is superb; there’s no arguing that, yet this comic adaption of it is just poor. Why? Well it lacks colour. Coraline has undertones of the gothic, of the unusual, of the untraceable. The movie version captured this superbly, partly through the weirdness of its soundtrack. This, however, is bland, tasteless and ordinary. I felt nothing from it. The basic story is here, rendered in the most simplistic comic art I’ve seen in a while, and that’s about it. There is no sense of spookiness or otherworldliness; it just feels so basic. This does not have the artistic flair that is associated with Gaiman comics. Look at the Sandman series and look at the Sleeper in the Spindle. The art is what it needs to be. This here is plain: Perhaps it’s because the film interpreted the novel in a different way, one that makes me see Coraline as the animated version. When I think of the character, that is who I see. I don’t see this contrasting version in the comic. Coraline is, well, slightly weird. Not a bad thing. She’s unique and in some regards a little bit of an outsider. She is simply herself. With the girl in the comic I don’t get that. To reuse the word ordinary again, that is all I get from her. On a character level this failed drastically, and on an artistic level it felt devoid of the essence of this story. I really don’t recommend trying this. Instead go watch the movie even if it changes the plot a little.

  4. 4 out of 5

    emma

    I do not know why two-months-ago me said I would write a full review of this book, when what it basically comes down to is this: Even though this art is very beautiful, it does not come even close to capturing the greatness of Coraline, which I have called a "top-to-bottom perfect book." Besides that glaring fault, this is perfectly fine. ---------------- not coraline-y enough. review to come / 3 stars ---------------- hi, my name is emma, and i'm a coraline addict I do not know why two-months-ago me said I would write a full review of this book, when what it basically comes down to is this: Even though this art is very beautiful, it does not come even close to capturing the greatness of Coraline, which I have called a "top-to-bottom perfect book." Besides that glaring fault, this is perfectly fine. ---------------- not coraline-y enough. review to come / 3 stars ---------------- hi, my name is emma, and i'm a coraline addict

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janete Fabricio on hiatus

    Project Learning English by myself through children's books. I'd prefer that the illustrator draw Coraline younger. In this book, she's a pre-teenager, not a child. Coraline narrating: "The air was alive with yellow wasps. My dad stayed and got stung to give me time to run away. His glasses had fallen off when he ran. I only had the one sting on the back of my arm. He had thirty-nine stings all over him. So later that afternoon my dad went back again to the wasteland to get his glasses back. He sa Project Learning English by myself through children's books. I'd prefer that the illustrator draw Coraline younger. In this book, she's a pre-teenager, not a child. Coraline narrating: "The air was alive with yellow wasps. My dad stayed and got stung to give me time to run away. His glasses had fallen off when he ran. I only had the one sting on the back of my arm. He had thirty-nine stings all over him. So later that afternoon my dad went back again to the wasteland to get his glasses back. He said if he left it another day he wouldn't be able to remember where they'd fallen... And he said that wasn't brave of him, just standing there and being stung. It wasn't brave because he wasn't scared. It was the only thing he could do. But going back again to his glasses, when he knew the wasps were there, when he was really scared, that was brave... Because when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave." (Pages 65, 66 and 67)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Overall enjoyed it. Wasn't the biggest fan of the artwork and felt the story lacked a little Overall enjoyed it. Wasn't the biggest fan of the artwork and felt the story lacked a little

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    I've never read this as a kid and thank goodness I didn't. This book would've given me nightmares. There's a creepy quality to the other mother and the other world that would have haunted me. Even now, there are areas of the book that I read through very quickly! As an adult, I really appreciate Coraline's strength and bravery. She is the kind of kid I was too afraid to be back in the day. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads I've never read this as a kid and thank goodness I didn't. This book would've given me nightmares. There's a creepy quality to the other mother and the other world that would have haunted me. Even now, there are areas of the book that I read through very quickly! As an adult, I really appreciate Coraline's strength and bravery. She is the kind of kid I was too afraid to be back in the day. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  8. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    Nothing much is happening in the above picture, the very first frame of the graphic novel edition of Coraline but it still manages to be foreboding and disquieting. There are quite a few pictures like this in this book where so much is communicated with so little. Even the style of the font and the layout can convey an otherworldly feeling of dread. Look at that spider: Something about that “scuttling” text just scuttles. *Shiver* What of the story then? The story is great. Coraline is about an 11 Nothing much is happening in the above picture, the very first frame of the graphic novel edition of Coraline but it still manages to be foreboding and disquieting. There are quite a few pictures like this in this book where so much is communicated with so little. Even the style of the font and the layout can convey an otherworldly feeling of dread. Look at that spider: Something about that “scuttling” text just scuttles. *Shiver* What of the story then? The story is great. Coraline is about an 11-year-old girl who moves into an old mansion with her parents. She fancies herself an intrepid explorer, one day her exploration of her new home leads her to a mysterious passage that leads to what appears to be a parallel universe where things may initially seem very similar but yet not quite the same as our world. The first person Coraline meets in this dimension is a woman who claims to be her “Other Mother”. She does resemble Coraline’s mother quite a bit except for her eyes which are made of black buttons. Initially, she seems very nice and kind but Coraline soon finds that this “Other Mother” wants Coraline to stay with her permanently in this alternate-mansion. She even has a pair of black buttons and a sewing kit ready… I read very few graphic novels, probably less than four in my entire lifetime. I do like them but I personally find regular novels to be better value, especially in term of the time I spend reading them. Still, I bought Coraline because I saw the 2009 movie and thought it was great, wonderfully scary for kids, in a way that they enjoy. I just wanted to share it with my little nephew. The alternate dimension (not really a parallel world) is brilliantly conceived, and the “Other” versions of the people from Coraline’s world are deliciously creepy. I can not praise the artwork by P. Craig Russell enough, also the lettering by Todd Klein* which greatly enhanced the artwork. The character of Coraline is very well written, as is the creepy Other Mother, also the snarky cat whose banter with Coraline is one of the book’s highlights. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, whose whimsical style tinge with darkness is right up my street. I also love his sparkling dialogue and slightly odd humour. If you like reading with kids and want to stimulate their imagination Coraline, in any edition, is highly recommended. Of course, there is nothing wrong with just buying it to read for yourself. _____________ Notes: * I did not even know that there is such an occupation as letterer, not being very familiar with the graphic novels and comic books scene. There is an interesting inversion motif in Coraline, the mansion in our world and the very similar and also very different version of it in the other dimension, the people behave in polar opposite manners; even Coraline’s name is somewhat unearthly, a partial inversion of Caroline.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    FLEE! Flee while there's still air in your lungs and blood in your veins and warmth in your heart. You need not heed the Shakespearian ghost children's disturbing warnings, my weary traveler. Alas, It's not meant for you, but for our sweet little Coraline: A little girl who walked through a mysterious door to find a twisted reflection of her own world. So, we got a novella, a stop-motion movie, a musical stage play and a graphic novel on Coraline! So many versions! Isn't that a bit FLEE! Flee while there's still air in your lungs and blood in your veins and warmth in your heart. You need not heed the Shakespearian ghost children's disturbing warnings, my weary traveler. Alas, It's not meant for you, but for our sweet little Coraline: A little girl who walked through a mysterious door to find a twisted reflection of her own world. So, we got a novella, a stop-motion movie, a musical stage play and a graphic novel on Coraline! So many versions! Isn't that a bit too much? If the studio makes a live action movie, I would be the first in line to watch it! Because this is one of those stories that can be experienced over and over again. This adaptation of beloved Coraline by Craig Russell is faithful and fabulous. It's exactly the same story and dialogues accompanied with great artwork. I was a bit reluctant with the character designs in the initial panels as I had already been in love with the movie's character designs. But as I finished the book, I ended up loving this as much as I loved the movie. And It is definitely creepy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    I must confess that I've never read Neil Gaiman's Coraline, but I have seen the adaptation and have been curious about how it'd work as a graphic novel. As it turns out, it's wonderfully creepy. I expected Coraline to have bright blue hair and the story to be as whimsical as it is in the film, but the graphic novel is more realistic. I don't think button eyes and the Other Mother will ever stop being creepy. P. Craig Russell's illustrations capture the weirdness perfectly! I also reviewed this bo I must confess that I've never read Neil Gaiman's Coraline, but I have seen the adaptation and have been curious about how it'd work as a graphic novel. As it turns out, it's wonderfully creepy. I expected Coraline to have bright blue hair and the story to be as whimsical as it is in the film, but the graphic novel is more realistic. I don't think button eyes and the Other Mother will ever stop being creepy. P. Craig Russell's illustrations capture the weirdness perfectly! I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    chaity

    I should've read the novel first. I should've read the novel first.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurita Mizz

    I have always found this story a little creepy, but I must say that I really liked reading it in this illustrated version. I hope don't have nightmares with the other mother 😅😅😅 I have always found this story a little creepy, but I must say that I really liked reading it in this illustrated version. I hope don't have nightmares with the other mother 😅😅😅

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Knight

    I haven't seen the movie for Coraline or read the original book so I had pretty much no idea what this graphic novel was about. The overall plot was really interesting and spooky. I wasn't expecting it to be so strange but I really enjoyed it. I really like Coraline. She was a fun character and I thought she was really well written. I haven't seen the movie for Coraline or read the original book so I had pretty much no idea what this graphic novel was about. The overall plot was really interesting and spooky. I wasn't expecting it to be so strange but I really enjoyed it. I really like Coraline. She was a fun character and I thought she was really well written.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This was the first Neil Gaiman story I read and I fell in love with his writing and this story. It's been 14 years since and I still love it just as much now as I did then and I've grown to be a huge fan of all his work. Coraline will always hold a special place in my heart above any other Gaiman story as it's the one that introduced me to his work and made me fall in love with it. A simple yet beautiful story about how being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it means that you’re really scar This was the first Neil Gaiman story I read and I fell in love with his writing and this story. It's been 14 years since and I still love it just as much now as I did then and I've grown to be a huge fan of all his work. Coraline will always hold a special place in my heart above any other Gaiman story as it's the one that introduced me to his work and made me fall in love with it. A simple yet beautiful story about how being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it means that you’re really scared and do the right thing anyway. Getting to revisit it in graphic novel form so many years later was such an absolute treat. The artwork is beyond stunning and I found myself falling in love with this story all over again!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Pretty creepy! I’ve never seen the film or read the book (how is this possible?!) and now I know 😊

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    As usual, I love Gaiman's original story. This adaptation is both hit and miss for me. I enjoyed the illustrations and the story felt a little fleshed out and more... immersive? That comes from having visuals to support the story I suppose. BUT Coraline looks a lot older than she 'should' from the original story, which turns it into a story about an ungrateful petulant pre-teen rather than a little girl, and that made me lose a little sympathy for her. Nobody likes a sulky teen (pre-teen or othe As usual, I love Gaiman's original story. This adaptation is both hit and miss for me. I enjoyed the illustrations and the story felt a little fleshed out and more... immersive? That comes from having visuals to support the story I suppose. BUT Coraline looks a lot older than she 'should' from the original story, which turns it into a story about an ungrateful petulant pre-teen rather than a little girl, and that made me lose a little sympathy for her. Nobody likes a sulky teen (pre-teen or otherwise). This older version of Coraline also made the story feel less creepy than the original, which had some pretty dark illustrations included anyway, so I'm torn with how much I actually love this version, and how much is just my bias for all things Gaiman.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. McPaulface

    I don't usually read comicbook adaptations of other media but I'm glad I made an exception in this case. P. Craig Russell's artwork is absolutely fantastic... other than a handful of scattered panels that looked like they were drawn by another artist entirely, which was weird and the reason I couldn't quite give this five stars. Russell's visualisation of Gaiman's original story was entirely different to mine and seeing the book through somebody else's eyes was a real treat. I would recommend thi I don't usually read comicbook adaptations of other media but I'm glad I made an exception in this case. P. Craig Russell's artwork is absolutely fantastic... other than a handful of scattered panels that looked like they were drawn by another artist entirely, which was weird and the reason I couldn't quite give this five stars. Russell's visualisation of Gaiman's original story was entirely different to mine and seeing the book through somebody else's eyes was a real treat. I would recommend this to anybody who loves the original novel or the movie and fans of great comicbook artwork in general.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chiara

    Normally I don't read graphic novels but I wanted to try something new. I don't regret it. In the beginning it was very strange to read and I didn't liked the illustrations at first. However, I got used to the pictures pretty quickly and in the end I liked the novel more than the movie (which I watched a few years ago). The story itself is then as now simply creepy, but exciting to read. Normally I don't read graphic novels but I wanted to try something new. I don't regret it. In the beginning it was very strange to read and I didn't liked the illustrations at first. However, I got used to the pictures pretty quickly and in the end I liked the novel more than the movie (which I watched a few years ago). The story itself is then as now simply creepy, but exciting to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    ➳Bookstagram post Based on the wonderful story by Neil Gaiman plus the awesome illustrations by P. Craig Russel equals a spellbinding read. ➳Bookstagram post Based on the wonderful story by Neil Gaiman plus the awesome illustrations by P. Craig Russel equals a spellbinding read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    “How do I know you'll keep your word?" asked Coraline. "I swear it," said the other mother. "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline. "Oh yes," said the other mother. "I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.” This is a spooky and creepy story. I'm still not sure whether I like spooky and creepy stories... What I did like, on the other hand, was the banter between Coraline and the cat: “What's your name,' Coraline asked “How do I know you'll keep your word?" asked Coraline. "I swear it," said the other mother. "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" asked Coraline. "Oh yes," said the other mother. "I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.” This is a spooky and creepy story. I'm still not sure whether I like spooky and creepy stories... What I did like, on the other hand, was the banter between Coraline and the cat: “What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?' 'Cats don't have names,' it said. 'No?' said Coraline. 'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.” and... “The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    The story I already knew and liked. The graphics was different from what I was expecting, but nonetheless I enjoyed it very much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Some years ago, I read the original novel by Gaiman, upon which this book is based and I liked it so much, even though the genre is for younger readers. Speaking about plot, this novel is equal to the original story, with all the suspense and pathos. This is an incredible trip to another world, a story that has many points in common with Alice in wonderland. Coraline, bored and neglected by parents, discovers that a door, opened on a wall of brick, in some circumstances gives access to another wor Some years ago, I read the original novel by Gaiman, upon which this book is based and I liked it so much, even though the genre is for younger readers. Speaking about plot, this novel is equal to the original story, with all the suspense and pathos. This is an incredible trip to another world, a story that has many points in common with Alice in wonderland. Coraline, bored and neglected by parents, discovers that a door, opened on a wall of brick, in some circumstances gives access to another world, in some ways identical to hers. There is her house, her neighbors and her parents, all people she knows, but different, especially her mother. About the story, I have nothing to complain. Gaiman is a master storyteller and this one captures the reader since the first pages. However, I am not sure about the artwork. Drawings are nice and the details very accurate, but I think that the sketches are more similar to a portrait and are not suitable to a horror story, as this. There are not the dark and distressing atmospheres of others comics (e.g. "The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch") and the only character it makes you the creeps, is the "other mother", that in some scene is really creepy. But, It’s true that this story is creepy precisely for the normal setting and to see the novel comes to life through the drawings is amazing! A curiosity: in the story, Coraline is an eleven girl, but in many drawings, she looks older. So, at some point, sounds strange seeing her playing with dolls. At the end, I think it’s a nice book to read, for teenage, but also for adult. I suggest to try even the original by Gaiman, before or after this one, for comparing the works.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cara Marie

    My rating here is for the graphic novel as an adapation, rather than for the story itself. I should probably stop reading comic adaptions of Neil Gaiman's books, because they never seem to really sing. Part of it is how this is a very straight adaptation - I would have preferred it to have relied less on the boxes of text narrative, which seem to generally be taken straight from the book. The comic doesn't do anything other than what the book does, which I find disappointing in an adaptation. I'd My rating here is for the graphic novel as an adapation, rather than for the story itself. I should probably stop reading comic adaptions of Neil Gaiman's books, because they never seem to really sing. Part of it is how this is a very straight adaptation - I would have preferred it to have relied less on the boxes of text narrative, which seem to generally be taken straight from the book. The comic doesn't do anything other than what the book does, which I find disappointing in an adaptation. I'd rather have the prose, where I can imagine the world myself, than see it illustrated, as the illustrations let me down. Coraline looking older than she should is something that kept drawing me out. I certainly didn't find the comic more atmospheric, or creepier, which I think is something the illustrations should have done. But maybe that's just me. Considering I never found Coraline half as creepy as the reviews said I should in the first place. On its own merits, it's a decent graphic novel. But I'll stick with the book, myself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    P. Craig Russell has done it yet again! Coraline: Graphic Novel is Russell's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic and chilling story about a girl who enters an alternative world to encounter her "other" mother and the creepy universe she has created. If you haven't read the original story and don't know the plot, Russell's adaptation is perfection and complete in itself, so there is no prerequisite to read Gaiman's novel (although you should...because it's Gaiman). The artwork is breathtaking, vi P. Craig Russell has done it yet again! Coraline: Graphic Novel is Russell's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic and chilling story about a girl who enters an alternative world to encounter her "other" mother and the creepy universe she has created. If you haven't read the original story and don't know the plot, Russell's adaptation is perfection and complete in itself, so there is no prerequisite to read Gaiman's novel (although you should...because it's Gaiman). The artwork is breathtaking, vibrant and highly evocative of both the original novel and the film adaptation. The story is 95% the same, although Russell has chosen to edit some sections but it doesn't read any differently. All in all, a brilliant story with stunning artwork which will delight adults and children alike.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    Closer to 3.5 stars...the artwork just didn't do it for me. Asides from that, it's still the awesomely eerie story I love! Closer to 3.5 stars...the artwork just didn't do it for me. Asides from that, it's still the awesomely eerie story I love!

  26. 4 out of 5

    mayy

    “Sharper than a serpent's tooth is a daughter's ingratitude. Still, the proudest spirits can be broken, with love.” 3.5/5 I really loved the novel. I really loved the film. So I expected to really love the Graphic Novel. But unfortunatly...I did not. Maybe I set my expectations just a little to high, because I was let down just a bit. And it wasn´t even the story. The story was great, it was everything I wanted. I was the interpretation of the characers, more specifically...Coraline. Now I may be wro “Sharper than a serpent's tooth is a daughter's ingratitude. Still, the proudest spirits can be broken, with love.” 3.5/5 I really loved the novel. I really loved the film. So I expected to really love the Graphic Novel. But unfortunatly...I did not. Maybe I set my expectations just a little to high, because I was let down just a bit. And it wasn´t even the story. The story was great, it was everything I wanted. I was the interpretation of the characers, more specifically...Coraline. Now I may be wrong, but to my recollection Coraline was described to be a young girl and in the book, which also had illustrations, she was shown with a sweet black bob. However in this adaptation she has long blond hair AND she looks alot older than she is origianlly supposed to be, which I don´t know really bothered me. Probaly because I had this image of her set in my mind and now I´m just confused as to which version I should see her as. I just thought the characters in general jusrt looked a bit to "normal", my initial perception of them was just a little weird and different. By the way, I just realized I may be looking way to much into this and am probaly the only one who is actually bothered by this so...I should shut up about it. Although that was an aspect I didn´t enjoy, the actual story was so great and the way it was executed into a Graphic Novel was so well done. I really loved the story and always will, again my main issue with the book was the interpretation of the characters adn how that sometimes "ruined" the overall story for me. Something that was brought to my attention was how creepy this book actually is. I mean the back says 8 and up, but I can tell you now if I was 8-years-old and reading this, I´d be shitting a brick...

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Francisco Tan

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    3.5 stars Liked it. The story was interesting and fast paced, the characters weren't anything special but they were decent enough. Coraline was likeable, the talking cat was fairly witty, and the other mother was a good baddie… She was a little camp in her evulness but not in a bad way though. There were some parts that were quite creepy, like the bad guys having buttons for eyes, and the other mother wanting to take Coraline's eyes out so she could sew buttons on her instead. The parts with the 3.5 stars Liked it. The story was interesting and fast paced, the characters weren't anything special but they were decent enough. Coraline was likeable, the talking cat was fairly witty, and the other mother was a good baddie… She was a little camp in her evulness but not in a bad way though. There were some parts that were quite creepy, like the bad guys having buttons for eyes, and the other mother wanting to take Coraline's eyes out so she could sew buttons on her instead. The parts with the other mother were the most entertaining. I was annoyed that Coraline's parents at the end conveniently weren't able to remember the other mother kidnapping and trapping them in a snow globe-mirror thing, it made the ending a bit too sweet and perfectly wrapped up. The illustrations were done well, although the drawing style did look a bit dated at times. Since I enjoyed the graphic novel, I might read the book at some point… Then again I'd rather read a Gaiman novel that's all new instead of one where I already know all the most important parts. I think Stardust will be my next Gaiman read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    P. Craig Russell's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline isn't as dark as the movie but I wouldn't say this graphic novel was all sunshine either. It is still a dark enough story to thrill children and give adults nightmares, just as Gaiman intended his novel to be. This was a great read, as I did found the empty time in between errands the perfect time to read a story set in between the hidden pockets of reality. I found myself favoring this adaptation to the movie as Russell really knows how to P. Craig Russell's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline isn't as dark as the movie but I wouldn't say this graphic novel was all sunshine either. It is still a dark enough story to thrill children and give adults nightmares, just as Gaiman intended his novel to be. This was a great read, as I did found the empty time in between errands the perfect time to read a story set in between the hidden pockets of reality. I found myself favoring this adaptation to the movie as Russell really knows how to illustrate a Gaiman story. However, I'm disturbed at the information regarding author credit in its Goodreads entry. Russell did the yeoman's work in adapting Gaiman's text. He deserves more than the illustrator credit given to him. Still, this is a wonderful story in any version, whether in the original text, the movie or this graphic novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isa Lavinia

    Russell drew Coraline looking so much older than she was supposed to be, it was positively jarring to see the original child-like dialogue coming out of her mouth. It also seems like a missed opportunity to have such a spooky tale and to draw it in such bright colours and light backgrounds, rendering it completely unspooky. A pity because I love Gaiman's book. Russell drew Coraline looking so much older than she was supposed to be, it was positively jarring to see the original child-like dialogue coming out of her mouth. It also seems like a missed opportunity to have such a spooky tale and to draw it in such bright colours and light backgrounds, rendering it completely unspooky. A pity because I love Gaiman's book.

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