I like to read books with Nicholas (formerly my stepsons, too) as a way to generate discussion, spend time together, and promote the importance of reading.   Last summer I was checking out a few possible titles for these reasons and found Coraline on my shelf .  The cover looked interesting so I read it first to make sure it was suitable reading material for my boys. 

Front Cover

I’m glad I previewed it!  In my opinion this horror-fantasy was too dark for their minds.  It was even a little creepy to me! 

Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and happens upon an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the outside, this lateral world is hauntingly comparable to her real life and the people in it – only much better. However, when her perfect “other” world turns evil, and her “other” parents try to force Coraline  to stay with them forever, she must count on her wits, diligence, and courage to leave this extremely dangerous world – and save her family.  Coraline is also aided by a rather clever, arrogant, sarcastic black cat.  His lines in the book are hilarious! 

Naturally, the “other” mother and father in this story are wicked.  The terminology of “other” reminded me of step parents.  I definitely didn’t want Ethan and Evan to draw any erroneous parallels between me and Coraline’s “second” mum!

After reading the book I thought it would make a really good movie, and thus was a bit surprised to see a trailer for it on tv a year and a half later.  I didn’t  quite picture a 3-D animated version, but perhaps this way it will come across more “friendly” to a younger audience.

I am still debating whether we will go see it or not.


5 responses »

  1. I am a big N.G. fan and this was one of his “kids” books that I read to my kids when it came out. I liked it, they don’t remember it. It is a little dark for a Childrens book….

  2. It looks a little dark but K-boy wants to see the movie. I wasn’t sure and I am still not sure if I want to take him but he loves Nightmare before Christmas and this, with the darkness, reminds me of it.

    If you do see it let me know what you think…thanks

  3. You know your child better than anyone else so I’m sure you’ll make the right choice. I’m not familiar with this so don’t really have any “expert” advice for you.

  4. I love Neil G. too. I have always enjoyed his stuff. I read Coraline right when it came out, and I hated it. I know I won’t take E to it, but N is really into The Nightmare Before Christmas. He will definitely want to go see it. It’s funny there is only 11 months difference between their ages, but they are such different kids.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s