October 25th, 2015 by Karen
Sure, we all love to collect candy this time of year, but maybe you’re also looking for a deliciously spooky Halloween read? Well, look no further than Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
In the book, Coraline and her parents move to a new apartment and Coraline finds a doorway to another world. At first, things seem great when she meets her Other Mother and Other Father, who feed her delicious food and seem intent on loving her forever. But then their evil side is revealed and it’s up to Coraline to save herself — and her real parents.
You’ve probably heard of this book because a movie version came out a few years ago. But I can’t compare the film and the book because I’ve never seen the movie — and guess what: I don’t plan to! The book is scary enough, I don’t think I could handle seeing all the creepy and frightening things that Coraline experiences!
- A disgusting grub creature that tries to devour her.
- A disembodied hand that scratches at the windows.
- A crazy old man and his army of rats.
- A creature made of two women combined.
- And most chilling of all, the Other Mother herself — chomping on beetles, controlling her minions like puppets, and angrily punishing Coraline.
If that stuff doesn’t sound terrifying to you, then I nominate you to be team leader the next time we experience a living nightmare. I’ll just hide behind you, if you don’t mind.
Of course, all that completely freaky stuff is exactly why Coraline is such a good Halloween read. And I think in addition to being scared out of your socks, you’ll also find some parts of the book that make you chuckle and inspire you and your monster-fighting spirit. So check it out! Just don’t say I didn’t warn you if you start sleeping with the lights on!
And if you’re still not sure whether you want to read this book, you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out this awesome review from Imala, age 11, from New York!
If you’ve already read the book or seen the movie version of Coraline, leave a comment with your review. And I’d love to know how any of you guys would compare the film to the original book! Also, tell everyone what your Halloween costume is this year!