Coraline: Book Review

October 25th, 2015 by

Coraline Neil GaimanSure, 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!

For example:

  • 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!

— Karen

This Halloween, Karen will dress up as a Hufflepuff. She does it every year, but she can’t change to a different costume. This is her one chance every year to let her true Hogwarts soul shine!

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

October 5th, 2015 by

graveyard-book-neil-gaimanSubmitted by samantha, Age 9 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★½


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

February 5th, 2015 by

graveyard-book-neil-gaimanSubmitted by Gustahote the rock, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The grave yard book is sodally totally rad because I love it

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

November 26th, 2014 by

Coraline Neil GaimanSubmitted by imala, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

DO NOT read Coraline if you do not like scary books, otherwise it is the most swagger and flipping awesome book . Think of having another mother that wants to sew buttons in your eyes. Are you brave? You kinda have to be.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

January 11th, 2013 by

graveyard-book-neil-gaimanSubmitted by Andrew, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book was awesome, it was creepy at some parts though. I really liked the authors choice of words. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes scary stories or just needs a good book.

The Graveyard Book: Movie News

May 3rd, 2012 by

graveyard-book-neil-gaimanIf you enjoyed going to the theater and munching on popcorn as you watched Coraline flee from button-eye wielding alterna-parents in the movie version of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, then you’re in luck — Disney has announced a film adaptation of Gaiman’s Newbery winner, The Graveyard Book!

The movie will be directed by Henry Selick, who did the Coraline movie. Disney hasn’t said whether The Graveyard Book will be live-action or animated, but my hope is that it will be stop-motion in the same visual style as Coraline.

Also no word on the release date. They actually don’t even have a screenwriter yet, so I think we’re in for a looooooooooong wait… The upside? More time to re-read the book, or discover it for the first time if you haven’t read it before. And if that’s the case, you can get the scoop on the story in this podcast, where I made The Graveyard Book my Halloween pick.

Now, I was completely spooked the entire time I read The Graveyard Book, so I can only imagine the extreme terror I’ll feel when the story comes to life before my eyes. But obviously, there’s no way I’m going to miss this movie! I just may need to hide my face every once in a while. I hope Nancy doesn’t mind when I clutch her arm and scream in her ear

But what about you? Have you read the book, and would you see the movie? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Karen has to confess she’s never read Coraline or watched the movie. Nothing freaks her out more than the idea of parents who are actually monsters. Great, now she’s getting creeped out just thinking about it! [insert panic and fear here]

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Kidsmomo Podcast #10: “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet”

November 3rd, 2009 by

Finally coming down off your Halloween sugar high and need a pick-me-up? Well, you’re in luck because it’s time for our latest podcast, all about spooky and supernatural books!

    Download the MP3 (13.4 MB)

  • “Mini Monsters, Evil Aliens, and Ballerinas in Sweatpants” — this week’s mystery book and ghosts of our Halloweens past
  • “Ghosts and More Ghosts” — our spooky book picks* (The Graveyard Book and Something Upstairs)
  • Karen’s most glorious costume moment… sadly, decades ago

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is wacky families! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books about wacky families that will have you laughing out loud and maybe, just maybe, being a little nicer to your siblings. Ha ha, yeah, right…)

— Nancy and Karen

*P.S. – In this part of the podcast, Karen mentions that you can hear Neil Gaiman read all of The Graveyard Book if you go to his website. Here’s a quick link right to it!

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