Reviews for Coraline

Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 April 2003
Gr. 5^-8. An abstract rendering of a black cat on the inside cover of the audio tells listeners that a cat figures prominently in this supernatural tale. And indeed young Coraline discovers a cat while looking for adventure in her new house. Gaiman represents the cat by virtually purring his lines in tones as smooth as oiled silk, achieving a sometimes coy, always confident tone. Behind one door, Coraline discovers another world with more-caring parents and tastier food. At first that world seems better, but soon enough, Coraline senses something disturbing, and she is trapped in this sinister place. In conveying the other mother, Gaimon assumes a sweet, almost insipid voice, a clue to listeners that all is not well here. With subtle, effective use of volume and pauses at the right moment, Gaiman heightens the suspense of his eerie tale. --Patricia Austin Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews