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Monday, May 04, 2009

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I liked this book. I really did.

It was freaky. Creepy. Eerie. And yes, scary. Scary in a way you wouldn't think.

A little girl crosses an empty hallway/doorway into an exact replica of her own home that she just left. And there is an "other" mother and "other" father. With buttons for eyes. And they eat bugs.

It's really bizarre but there is an underlying theme of: the "other" parents are (supposedly) more caring, provide her exactly the kind of meals she would enjoy, and provide her all the games and entertainment she thrives...but that's not "enough" for her. Despite all these good points, she wants to go back home to her real, boring parents.

I almost thought this book was written in response to children who say "I wish I had better parents!" Be careful what you wish for?

Because the "other" mother ended up not wanting Coraline to ever leave. And apparently, she has done this to other children. Children that appeared in a dark closet that Coraline's "other" dad threw her in. Children that are dead.

I really want to see the movie now. Mi-Mi wants to go, after I described the story to her, but I wonder if this will be too scary for her (I'll be taking her anyway :-)).

CJ read it and said that she didn't think it was a good idea to watch it in 3D...

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