I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading Neil Gaiman. I have a problem, and I’m accepting that it is a problem, but I’m not willing to fix it…I just love this man.
These two books are children’s book, but being a Gaiman book, they are highly entertaining for adults and they are creepily enchanting for kids.
I listened to these on audiobook (thank goodness for my Overdrive App), and I was just as entertained as any child would be.
Favorite Line: “It is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see.”
This book is seriously creepy. It’s about a girl, Coraline, who lives with her parents in an small apartment building. She finds ther is nothing to do, and one day wandering through a normally locked door, and she finds her mother on the other side. Only, it’s not really her mother, this is her other mother and she is determined to keep Coraline forever.
This is a perfect road trip story for you and your middle school aged kids to listen to. It’s creepy, but the way Gaiman tells it, the reader feels and believes what Coraline feels and believes, and she is a very brave girl.
My one complaint about this book is not really Gaiman’s fault at all, but it is that he quotes G.K. Chesterton at the beginning of the book when he says:
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
I really love that he uses this quote because it’s one of my favorite ones. However, now I always see this quote accredited to Gaiman, not Chesterton, and it really bothers me. In fact, the first quote on GoodReads attributed to this book is this quote. Again, not Gaiman’s fault because he properly quotes Chesterton, but it really bother’s me when Authors get misquoted or misrepresented *end rant*.
The Graveyard Book
Favorite Line: “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
The plot of this book is better than Coraline, in my opinion. It also isn’t quite as creepy, yet still hold mystery and suspense.
This book follows a boy called Nobody (nicknamed Bod). Bod was orphaned as a child and adopted by the most unlikely people, mostly because they were not in fact people any longer, but ghosts. Bod grew up in the graveyard. He had the ghosts as companions, teachers, caregivers, and protectors. However, Bod got older and soon he wanted to know more about the world outside the graveyard, and the world outside the graveyard wanted to know more about Bod, and that’s when adventures begin.
The characters in this book are charming and warm, despite most of them being dead, and it shows the length family will go to protect the ones they love. Bod is lovable from the start. He is smart, kind, brave, and thoughtful; he plays a perfect child protagonist. There are, of course, monsters and goblins and bad men, and the ending isn’t necessarily a happy one, but even in the veil of sadness that surrounds the book, there is the hope of a child and that makes the overall story a happy one. This is another good book for middle-aged kids, and for extra effect one should read it around Halloween.