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Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a fantasy adventure novel with seriously spooky content, which makes this review by Tallulah, aged ten, perfect now that Halloween is upon us.


Coraline was Gaiman’s first novel for children, and tells the story of a young girl called Coraline who finds a mysterious door in her house, and opens it, only to find a bizarre and frightening world of nightmare and dreams behind it. Can she navigate her way through the world and back to her own?

Here’s what Tallulah thought:

Coraline is an exhilarating book by Neil Gaiman.

It is about a little girl called Coraline, whose family moves into an old house, and she discovers a little door.  She manages to open the door, and discovers a long corridor that she goes through to unveil a world where everyone has buttons for eyes.

At first, everything appears perfect, and better than the real world, but that is not how it really is.

I recommend this book for ages 9-10 and up. I think it is a book for both boys and girls, depending on what sort of books you like.

My favourite part of the book is when Coraline watches Mrs. Spink and Mrs. Forcible perform, and she wins a box of chocolates and shares them with the dog.  Mrs. Forcible and Mrs. Spink are Coraline’s next door neighbours who have retired from the theatre and become crazy dog ladies.  In the button world behind the door they still work in the theatre, which is when Coraline gets picked to be a volunteer from the audience and take part in their show.

My favourite character is the book is Mr. Bobinski, because he trains mice to play instruments and to dance for a living.

I also liked the story about the girl who danced so much her feet turned into sausages.

It is a scary book in some places, but it is also quite funny. I like it because it is a great adventure.