Friday, July 10, 2009

Coraline by Neal Gaiman

This is the graphic-novel version of Gaiman's classic creepy tale, with art done to perfection by P. Craig Russell. I knocked this one off sitting in the library one evening while waiting for an event to start over in Memorial Hall -- it's a fast read, and if you've read the original or seen the rather excellent Tim Burton movie, it's very familiar. Precocious pre-teen Coraline, frustrated with her parents, explores and finds a door to a secret, alternate reality, where her Other Parents -- the same, yet different, with black buttons for eyes -- live. In sort of a twist on the Persephone myth, Coraline loves the attention her Other Mother lavishes upon her - until the veil lifts, as it is wont to do, and our gal sees her Other Mom and the previously cool Other World for what it really is. With the help of one cool black cat (my fave character), our plucky heroine endeavors to escape! Russell renders Gaiman's fantasy world with gorgeously eerie art.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PN6727.R85 C67
1st Floor Graphic Novels Collection
Review submitted by: Mary Platt, Director of Communications
Rating: Highly Recommended

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