Reviews for Coraline
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Gaiman's shivery tale gets the graphic novel treatment. Lured into a parallel world constructed by a nightmarish "other mother," Coraline must rescue trapped children and her parents as she makes her way home. The book's attractively colored panel illustrations are propulsively paced. However, they feel both redundant and reductive when examined alongside the vivid, layered prose of Gaiman's original novel. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 June #2
A deliciously dark graphic adaptation of Gaiman's modern classic is delivered with pitch-perfect accuracy and presented in a striking palette. Staying true to the original text, Russell's adaptation follows young Coraline Jones as she discovers a strange door in her otherwise boring flat. Once over the door's mysterious threshold, she meets her ghastly "Other Mother," a horrid-looking beldam with sinister, button eyes, long, yellowed teeth, spindly, tapered fingers with sharp, brown nails and a wry, baleful smile. Coraline's Other Mother intends to keep her in this horrible new world forever, and captures her real parents, prompting young Coraline to seek them out in this strange dimension. Russell, a veteran illustrator and collaborator with Gaiman, makes the novel positively jump off the page, sending shivers down its readers' spines. Colorist Lovern Kindzierski deserves special kudos for utilizing a masterful array of hues, working in smart synchronicity with the nuances of the tale. A stellar reworking of the original text, this is sure to delight established fans and to mesmerize newcomers. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2008 July
Gr 6-8- This adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel (HarperCollins, 2002) reads as though it were intended for the graphic novel format in the first place. Insatiably curious Coraline is an explorer dedicated to discovering everything she can about the area around her family's new home. When she comes upon a door in their flat that seems to go nowhere, enters an alternate world that at first is full of interesting things and delicious foods-everything that she has longed for. However, the dangerous creature there-called the "other mother"- intends to keep her forever. After Coraline's parents are kidnapped into the other world, she sets off on a mission to rescue them. Russell's illustrations suit the tone of the story perfectly, from the horrific black button eyes of the people in the other world to Coraline's very telling facial expressions. The style is realistic, which makes the moments when the other world loses its solidity even more eerie. The pacing never lags, and Coraline's transformation into a girl who understands that having everything you want is the least interesting thing of all is natural. For readers who enjoyed the novel, Coraline is sure to complement their reading experience. Those who come to the book first as a graphic novel will be just as captivated.- Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT [Page 119]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2008 June
Russell adds new dimension to Coraline in this delightfully creepy graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's bestseller, faithfully retelling the story of a bored girl who discovers a magical and dangerous parallel world through a door in her family's large, old house. At first, Coraline is excited by the marvels of this strange new world, including her "Other Mother." But Coraline soon realizes that there is something sinister about the Other Mother, who looks like her real mother, except for her black button eyes and long sharp fingernails. The Other Mother wants to replace Coraline's eyes with buttons, too, so she can stay in her new home "for ever and always." When Coraline returns to her world, she discovers that her parents are trapped in a shadowy prison behind a hallway mirror. With the enigmatic help of a talking black cat, Coraline gathers her courage and goes off to face the Other Mother and win her parents' freedom. Fans of Gaiman's tale will embrace Russell's vision and appreciate the compelling way in which the text and illustrations compliment each other. Russell's artwork powerfully evokes both the wonder and terror of the Other Mother's realm. The illustrations also bring new depth to the supporting characters, including Coraline's eccentric neighbors and the black cat that comes across as both annoying and lovable. This adaptation is also a great way to introduce readers to Gaiman's work and an appealing choice for reluctant readers.-Amy Luedtke PLB $19.89. ISBN 978-0-06-082544-7. 5Q 5P M J G Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.