Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil GaimanCoraline 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman

Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition

byNeil GaimanIllustratorDave McKean

Paperback | April 24, 2012

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This edition of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, Coraline—also an Academy Award-nominated film—is enriched with a foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

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.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:Coraline 10th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.42 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380807343

ISBN - 13:9780380807345

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fav stories The film is one of my absolute favourites and I don't know what took me so long to read the book! Absolutely loved it
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! A very enticing story that makes you gravitate to it even more. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! A marvellous spooky story with a brave young heroine, a talking cat, a mouse circus and some wonderfully quirky characters. Gaiman really knows how to spin a good yarn and the spooky nature of Coraline's quest to find her real parents and escape her "Other Mother" should appeal to children (and adults) who enjoy a good spine-tingle!
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gives you the chills! Coraline is an amazingly creepy story that is very engaging. The plot is quite dark, but that's what makes it so great! I'd recommend it for anyone wanting to read a quick but horrific story, and to watch the movie as well since it was a good adaptation.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Coraline One instance where I would actually say the movie was better than the book, but both are entertaining... Read alone before introducing to younger children, you won't mind reading it twice if you like the author's other stories.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it My son and I love this story, wonderful, cannot get enough of this!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent creepy story Great story! I watched the movie before the book, but both are good.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent scary kids' book My son told me that this book was giving him nightmares. When I asked if he wanted to stop reading it, he said: "No. Like, GOOD nightmares." And I think that perfectly describes this book.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! As always, Neil Gaiman has delivered a dark tale that keeps you wanting more. I love his writing and I always come back to him. It was a shorter story, but it was good nonetheless. Way better than the movie!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Coraline Very short read but a curious story. (Different from the movie) but still has that creepy element.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story! This book is a cute, quick read that I really enjoyed. I would recommend this as a first spooky story to any kid wanting to experiment in this genre. As an adult, i almost (and I never say this) prefer the movie to the book.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my childhood favourites I've always loved anything dark and creepy, even from a young age. This book has been a favourite of mine since elementary school. The movie is garbage compared to the book. Books are always the best versions! If you like creepy bedtime stories, Coraline is for you!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I love dark tales where the young hero(ine) triumphs with wit, kindness, and good humour. Neil Gaiman always delivers tales of this nature. I'll likely be adding Coraline to the list of Gaiman books I intend to reread, year after year. Also, Gaiman's personification of cats is spot on!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Really Enjoyed This This book is completely different from the movie. However, it was so enjoyable I finished it in a day, and I just couldn't get myself to put it down.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite I absolutely love this book and its story. Ever since I watched the movie and read the comic book I had to read the novel. An amazing story, not too scary, and has a nice style. Definitely would recommend!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightfully Creepy This book has an eerie tension to it that will creep out adults and a sense of adventure that will wow kids. Great for all ages.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Creepy Creepier than anything Stephen King will ever write #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS! amazing amazing!! super unique storyline and very scary but very well-built and fleshed out. would recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm ok with it but not for children One of my favorite movies but the book is a bit eerie and not for children to read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting story Great book. It is both scary and very interesting (alright, more creepy than scary - but that's besides the point). A must read for any adult/child.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Children?? Dont get me wrong, this is my favourite book/movie. but it is quite eery for some children.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Coraline I love this book, the movie and the characters, especially Coraline. It's a beautiful work of art!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deliciously creepy! Quick and creepy read. Don't be fooled, this book can be enjoyed by adults too (once the nightmares stop, maybe)!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages! You can never go wrong with Neil Gaiman and Coraline is no exception. A spooky story that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully unsettling My brother bought this for me for Christmas. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every page. The subtle humour of the father and mother is great. The unsettling feeling you get from the other father and mother is fantastic.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite children's stories. I watched the movie first and loved it so much I had to read the book. Although the movie and book have their differences, I still loved the book as much (or more). Good introduction of horror to children, and it still gives me the creeps as a human in their 20s, thinking of a creature preying on neglected and lonely children. I love this story and the illustrations very much.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent curiously clinical and removed from its young protagonist, but quite good.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Read this for a children's lit class at University, and found it gave us a lot of discussion. Adult in some ways, but very child-like in others. Would recommend a parent read it before their child (under 11) read it - but I would still highly recommend this book. A classic Neil Gaiman book.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Where to put you Interesting idea but I wasn't sure which age range it belonged too. It wasn't developed enough for an adult book but I found it extremely creepy for children
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy It's a really good story. It's also very creepy. You can definitely get through it in one sitting. It keeps you on your toes till the end.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and creepy little fairy tale. Not the best reading as an adult but still a great story. I will admit that the movie does play out better than the book does.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down! This book is a fantastic quick read for people of all ages. Read this book in one sitting and was kept engaged throughout. Ended up watching the movie directly after too! Definitely recommend :)
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book doesn't do well on rereading, especially as an older person.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from coraline Neil Gaiman This a perfect, traditional fairy tale, with a slightly surreal twenty-first century warp. The writing is as magical as the plot. Its thirteen chapters are delightful, dark, and funny, with a heroine many can relate to, as child, parent, or both. Coraline is intelligent, inquisitive, slightly contrary, hates being bored, and wishes her parents paid her more attention, and didn’t feed her “recipes”. Perhaps, she wishes she had different parents. And you should always be careful what you wish for, even if you don’t know you’ve wished for it.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I have loved this book since the first time I read it. It is something I can keep going back to and enjoy over and over again
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed There is rarely a book that does not put the film production to shame and Coraline was one of them. The movie, while not one of my favorites, was a good hour spent and I thought that the book must have been spectacular in comparison. So I bought a copy. First bit of it was pretty good and of course nothing like the movie. No Wybie Lovak. Spink, Forcible and the Crazy Man upstairs present. But they were introduced one after another as though being rushed. Its started getting hard to read about the time Coraline was getting bored and started counting windows from there it was agonizing. Until we came to the Cat who I still swears is a relative of the Cheshire. Then it lolled once again. Despite this I do recommend reading it if you have seen the movie just to appreciate the concept. It does read like a cautionary Grimm Fairy tale without the lingo and would be easier to understand. The concept is great but the read a bit dull.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fairy tale for the young and old Coraline is a great read. It holds aspects of Grimm fairy tales and will always find myself wanting to read it again.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coming-of-age story I love how someone's courage and cleverness is used to challenge a sinister being. It's written as a children's story but as an adult, I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Movie I just ordered the book, reading the reviews Is making me a little nervous. But this the Movie Coraline Is my most favorite movie ever. Aha, I don't care what other has to say. As long as I got a book to my favorite book. :)
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Whether in comic books or traditional novels, Neil Gaiman never disappoints. Coraline is the perfect blend of creepy and heartfelt. Worth reading (and rereading) for all ages.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Coraline I found the book to be pretty boring. But that's probably because it's meant for children.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coraline Interesting book. Very similar to the movie.
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, Deeper Messages Having watched this movie many times before reading this, I was excited to see how different, or alike, the book compared to it. I must say, I did enjoy reading this. The characters are entertaining, and the plot leaves you on the edge of your seat. I think the only thing that could have made this book better, and it's kind of hard to explain, but it would have been to have more emotion and actions on the characters body. Since it's a graphic novel, I really think the artist of the book should really take control of the visual actions of each character to help decipher the intentions of the story. Otherwise, the settings were great, and i'd give this book a 4/5.
Date published: 2012-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great rendering of the original! There’s no question about it, I must like Coraline, right? Not only have I read the book, I’ve also listened to the audiobook, watched the movie, and have now read P. Craig Russell’s adaptation in the form of a graphic novel. I was hesitant at first. I mean, obviously, I love the book and would hate to see it ruined in any way. Lucky for me (and for the story, of course), Russell stays true to the story and gives fans of Neil Gaiman a great adaptation to the wonderful story. The pictures are fantastic and even though Coraline seems to be a little older in this book than she does in the original, I liked seeing her in picture form, as well as seeing her parents and her home and all the little things she does to pass the time. When she makes it over to her “other” mother’s side of the house, I found it to be wonderfully creepy — the other mother still looked like her real mother, but had an air of crazy about her. Russell stays true to the story and I liked how it wasn’t entirely in dialogue, but also had narration throughout. Of course, some fans may think that this adaptation isn’t any different from that of original book — aside from providing the reader with pictures, he doesn’t do much else differently — but, still, it’s nice to have just one more outlet for the story. If you enjoyed any other version of Coraline, give this one a try — I’m sure you’ll love it!
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, great messages, great read I know this is a young adult book "officially" but Neil Gaiman always gives you a story with levels and quirkiness and sly humour, and Coraline is no exception. When Coraline, bored and ignored by her parents, decides to explore the new flat the family has just moved into, she discovers that a door that should go nowhere actually goes into what seems to be a parallel world with a parallel set of her parents and all the other people living in her building. At first Coraline thinks it might be fun to have parents who want to play with her, and do fun things with her. But soon Coraline realizes something odd is going on, and before long she understands that she's in a fix, and in order to get back to her "real" world, Coraline will need to use every bit of ingenuity, cleverness and courage she can muster. This was a great story with a little bit of everything: adventure, puzzles to solve, mystery, suspense, family values, talking cats, evil creatures - you name it, it's in Coraline. This was a fun read and I enjoyed it!
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Coraline Although I’m no longer in the group that this book was written for I did still enjoy it. I found it captivating and easy to read. I thought the story was good, and definitely creepy at parts. I actually shuddered at the button eyes! Definitely would recommend it for anyone from age 8 and up and I'm looking forward to watching the movie.
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coraline I admit, I started reading this book, because I saw a preview for the movie. I have not seen the movie - but the book was Fantastic! I couldn't read it quick enough and when it came to the end I was a little disappointed because I wanted it to go on. What an engaging nightmare. I guess I will definitely have to see the movie now, too. I've heard of Neil Gaiman for years but have never read anything of his before. I will certainly read him, now.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark Alice in Wonderland Coraline though has lots of it's own individuallity is somewhat similar to Lewis Carrolls original book. 1) They're both bored, so they venture off, and find another world. 2) They end up not enjoying the world, and wish to go home. 3) There is a mysterious cat, who offers interesting and somewhat confusing advice. Though Coraline is much darker, in the sense that there is much danger. And the fact that after reading it you may be paranoid for a while. It was a really good book, each page, each word was interesting. I enjoyed this amazing peice of literature, and it's quite frank that many other generations after this one will read it as well. This is the next Alice in Wonderland. Great discription, riveting, and unique in it's own special way. It makes you wonder about your other mother. I will never think of hands, or buttons, in the same way again after reading Coraline.
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gaiman Rules! Coraline has hit the jackpot!! She has found another house just like her own, only better! The food tastes better, the animals talk, and her other mother and father give her all the attention she wants. But things are never as good as they seem, and when things turn bad when other mother kidnaps Coraline's realy parents and puts them in a mirror. This book was creepy and fun. Gaiman is one of the most brillantly imaginative people working today. (My dream is a Gaiman, King, Burton team effort. AAAAAAhhh the bliss of it.) When Gaiman writes for kids, he tones it down, but doesn't write down to them. He keeps is a little scary, a little creepy, and a little twisted, realizing that kids love that as much as adults do.
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable for children and adults Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a short, eerie and enjoyable tale about a girl learning to appreciate her parents through a peculiar experience. The story is interesting enough to keep a person's attention throughout. The story was brilliant and aspects of it reminded me of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll. The writing is amazing and makes the most ordinary events seem exciting. I believe I would have enjoyed it more if someone didn't ruin the ending for me. Coraline's family moves into a part house that has a door in it, which when opened, leads to a brick wall. In the other parts of the house lives a crazy old man named Mr. Bobo, and two elderly women that claimed to be actresses, named Miss Spink and Miss Forcible. One summer night, Coraline awakens to find that the other side of that strange door leads to another world in which lives the other mother, the other father, the other crazy old man, the other Miss Spink, and the other Miss Forcible. These parodies of the people she knows have buttons for eyes, and the other mother does not want Coraline to leave. Will Coraline ever manage to make it back home to her true parents? 4/5
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I can't believe this is a children's book because it was enough to give ME nightmares. I loved this story because it was original, smart, well written, well acted, the characters were fantastic and the world in which Caroline lives in and explores is so amazing and at the same time frightening and eerie. I loved it. This, for me, is the best creepy cartoon since Nightmare Before Christmas.
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy but good Coraline is an explorer. Her parents work at home so can't give her their full attention, which means she needs to find other ways to occupy her time. She explores the grounds of her home. One day she decides to open up every single door in her building and comes across one that leads to brick. The next time Coraline opens this door, it leads to a hallway. Coraline follows it and finds her mom and dad... except something isn't quite the same about them. Coraline must challenge her "other mother" and fight to get back to her real parents. This book was an easy read and was entertaining, but was just plain creepy. This would scare the crap out of me if I was a 12 year old.
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy fun story This was a fun, creepy story about a girl who ends up in another world and is trying to make her way back home. This one started a little slow, but picked up real fast. Another great creepy story from Gaiman!
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from deliciously scary Coraline lives with her very busy parents. Downstairs is a couple of elderly women directly from the stage and upstairs is a crazy old man who is training a mouse circus. Coraline wants some more attention. She is bored. In her parlor is a locked door, behind which is a wall. One day when Coraline opens the door there is a long dark corridor. This leads to the 'other' family and people. At first it seems like this is a dream come true. But soon after it is only a nightmare from which Coraline must save everyone. She must be brave. This is a children's novel. A delightfully scary and interesting premise. Coraline learns that she really has everything she need right in front of her.
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely fascinating This book is very different from your average children's book, and makes you feel as though you are stepping through a fascinating, surrealistic dream. Coraline is a very likeable character, and the other mother is truly terrifying!
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and creepy in a good way Although this is for children, make sure it isn't for a child who is prone to nightmares. I would suggest it for 12 or older, just because of the content (and pictures, freaky good). Great read and beautiful artwork for anyone who loves dark/gothic graphic novels. The main character "Coraline" has moved to a new house (which is actually quite old), and in her exploration finds a door that goes nowhere. When a portal opens between her home and another world the explorer in her runs heads on into the otherside and finds a twisted, creepy strange world. Just when she thinks she got through the adventure unscathed, she realizes that the "Other mother" has taken her parents, and she must go back to save her family. Wonderful story about bravery in the face of fear and how to make friends with a cat.
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "It's CORA-line, not CARO-line" Coraline discovers something sinister behind a dead-end door and must find a way to be rid of it before it is too late. As with Neil Gaiman's other work "Stardust", this novel reads as a simple and straightforward story - good overcoming hurdles along the wayl in a fantasy world where evil lurks everywhere - yet can be so much more. The events, characters and objects may seem like a random assortment, but somehow they all fit together. Complemented with the well done illustration that has a mysterious quality to it, this is a nice lead-up to the upcoming animated feature film of which I am eagerly anticipating.
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Other Mother ( Gaiman has proven throughout his body of work that he has a mastery over a very old style of fantasy. He tells old tales of tricks, magic and luck. In Coraline, he displays this talent in a Brother’s Grimm, Roald Dahl sort of narrative. There is innocence in Coraline, and a deep evil. Coraline is a story that carries a lot of darkness and is not for the sensitive child, but my friend who leant it to me seems to have come to another conclusion. “Kids get something different out of it,” she told me. “They take what the author really intended, while we’re stuck reading it as adults.” Certain scenes, for example, are thrilling because they leave a lot to your imagination. Perhaps adults, with our experiences, fill in those holes with deeply disturbing thoughts while the children take it for what it is. Coraline is great for kids looking for a thrill, or even if they aren’t. In the end I deeply appreciated Coraline. Something about the story, however, left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied. Either way, I leave this openness to the appreciation of the youth, because I know they can see something here that I can’t. This one is a real rainy-afternoon-by-the-fireplace read.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Children's Book! Highly, highly recommended, for both adults and for children. This is a great book about an adventurous young girl who tries to save her mother from the other mother from the other flat. A story about love, adventure, and the triumph over something evil. The girl is very smart. I enjoyed the illustrations provided along by Dave McKeen! Very dark and funny.
Date published: 2005-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CORALINE-From a reader's stampoint. CORALINE is one of the best books i have read. It is fasinating mysterious and with a twist. For Harry Potter fans I strongly reccomend Colaline the girl of many talents. CORALINE
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Open the Doors of Perception An extremly fasincating novel you will not want to put down! Some Doors should remain closed and some Doors should be open! Perception should never be a Locked Door!
Date published: 2003-10-01

Editorial Reviews

“A truly creepy tale. Beware those button eyes!”