Monday, June 15, 2009

Coraline Graphic Novel (book review)

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, is the graphic adaption of Gaiman's bestselling children's novel. It is based on the book, not the movie. In the story, Coraline is exploring her flat one day when she discovers a door that leads her on a journey to a magical world quite like her own, but better. Except for the fact that there is an other mother and an other father there, with buttons instead of eyes, and they want to sew buttons into her eyes and make her stay with them forever. Coraline will have to use everything she's got if she wants to outwit them and return to her own world.

I really enjoyed this book. The pictures were beautiful, and they really added new life to the story. However, I would recommend reading the original novel before reading this book.

This book was for the Once Upon A Time Challenge III.


Nymeth said...

I've been meaning to read this one! I love Dave McKean's original illustrations so it's hard to imagine this story with different art, but you're not the first to say it's very good. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

Kim L said...

I listened to this as an audiobook and it was delightfully creepy. I have been wanting to reread the graphic novel because it looks pretty cool!

Carl V. said...

P. Craig Russell is does really beautiful work. I have some other graphic novels that I purchased just because he was doing the art on them. I haven't read this version of Coraline but had previously heard good things. I would agree with you wholeheartedly about reading the novel first.

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