CORALINE. By Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. HarperCollins. $15.99. (Ages 8 and up)
A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings: Coraline and her parents have moved into a new house with one locked door. Behind that door is a parallel universe of sorts with another mother and another father, who would love to have Coraline stay with them forever. Well done.
Coraline remains the 6th best selling book on the Times’ Children’s Books list for a second week.
From the August 6th Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The 1992 graphic novel “Signal to Noise,” written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, is given loving and faithful treatment in this adaptation by writer-director William Stiteler. A film director, played by Aaron Kesher, is found to have a terminal illness and races to finish writing his next project, an apocalyptic story set on the cusp of the years 999 and 1000. Kesher started out stiff but found his feet after a few minutes, opened a vein at the midway point and generated palpable rage and anxiety that sustained until the end. The writing is excellent, but supporting roles were stiff. This play rates a run beyond the Fringe. (7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 4 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sun.; Acadia) — Eric Hanson
For what it’s worth, “We Can Get Them For You Wholesale” was performed as part of a series of short plays called “One God, Two Salesmen & Three Humans” by the Opiate Theatre Group in Canberra back in June; the only thing unscathing comment in the entire review was that “…Wholesale” had a “clever script”.
From Teen People:
BOOKS: Coraline By Neil Gaiman
Part adventure, part horror story, this spooky reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, about a girl who accidentally enters a twisted mirror-world run by her wicked other mother, is worth a look.
Cite: Jen L. Smith; “Picks”; Teen People; August 2002; p.114.