Neil Gaiman's Coraline, a Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by P. Craig RussellThursday, Aug 07, 2008 at 1:51pm
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Imagine this new graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline to be your own private movie; no one will be around to shush you when you shriek unexpectedly.
Coraline is the story of a very intelligent girl who is desperate for attention. While exploring her new house, she happens upon a door, a door that leads her to all the glorious and surreal attention she could want and more.
Coraline's discovery leads her into a parallel life of delicious food, wondrous toys, a talking cat and another set of extremely attentive parents, with shiny black button eyes. She too soon recognizes the hollow promises and affection which lead to a witty game of finders-keepers complete with ghostly spectres, singing rats and her devious other mother, who wishes to keep her in that world forever.
This new edition is akin to a collector's item for those already enamoured with Coraline. Alternatively it is a brilliant collaboration of Neil Gaiman's lyrical thoughts and character development with P.Craig Russell's striking illustrations designed for a curious and slightly askew young mind. Winnipeg colourist Lovern Kindzierski has once again joined forces with these two, adding his vivid expertise.
Every time I read Coraline, I shiver. I shiver because a cold prickly fear of delight takes hold and suspends all belief. Both spooky and quirky, either edition is perfect to be read aloud on a rainy night or silently devoured under the covers with a flashlight.
An animated stop-motion film based on the novel is scheduled for release February 2009.
Watch for Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book with illustrations by Dave McKean coming September 2008.
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When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.
But there's another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
This beloved tale has now become a visual feast. Acclaimed artist P. CraigRussell brings Neil Gaiman's enchanting nationally bestselling children's book Coraline to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.
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Winner of the 2003 Hugo Award for best Novella.
Winner of the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella.
Neil Gaiman's first novel for young readers, Coraline, was a national best-seller and critical sensation. Now in paperback, this thrilling fantasy with all the creepy trimmings is poised to become a childhood classic. When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
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The original hardcover edition of a perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place--he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings--such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association's "Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book," a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year.