Then “Hot Reads for a Cool Summer” recommends:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman, read by the author. The CD version of this novel, a 2003 Audie Award finalist, is soooooo cool! Same creepy cover as the book, plus awesome graphics on each CD and original music by the Gothic Archies. Graphic novelist Gaiman’s deep-toned British accent wraps around your head and pulls you into a world that young Coraline discovers behind the parlor door.
The button-eyed “other” mother with her disgustingly long fingernails tap, tap, tapping on the table will creep you out like you won’t believe! Warning: This may not be the best choice to help lull you to sleep at night.
Got a younger brother or sister at home? Gaiman paired up with illustrator Dave McKean to create The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish. This ultracool, quirky graphic short story for 4- to 8-year-olds (ah, heck, this is great for everyone with a sense of humor) will end up being the most begged-for bedtime book on the shelf.
Older teens and adults should check out Gaiman’s graphic novels (yeah, they look like comic books, but they’re so much more; definitely not for the younger set). The Sandman series is one of Gaiman’s most popular.
The American Gods hardcover is now at the very affordable price of $6.99 from Amazon
From a July 2003 article for Better Homes and Gardens on summer activities:
HAVE A BOOK PARTY…
…Here are a few ways to create a springboard for lots of activities.
Pick one book … Children’s books are usually short enough to read during your meeting. Because reading ability varies widely among kids, let the adults have a little fun. Neil Gaiman, award-winning fantasy writer and author of the forthcoming The Wolves in the Walls, still reads to daughter Maddy (even though the 8-year-old can certainly read on her own, thank you very much). Take turns reading pages using your best funny voices and accents, or you can each pick a character and read just those quotes. “Act. Be a ham,” says Gaiman. “You’ll have an appreciative audience.”