From the September 14th Orlando Sentinel:
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (HarperTrophy, $5.99, paperback)
In this deliciously dark tale, a locked door in a huge old house actually leads Coraline to an alternate world that oddly mirrors her own. Parts of it are cool — like a box of toys and great roast chicken. But parts of it are decidedly odd — like the the playful rats and a talking cat. What’s really creepy, though, are her “other” parents with their paper-white skin and shoe-button eyes. And they want her to stay with them — forever. There’s wit in the fine writing, as well as menace, all complemented by Dave McKean’s eerie illustrations.
Nancy Pate also recommends Wolves in the Walls in a fall children’s publishing roundup article from September 12th.
From the September 13th Globe and Mail:
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins, 162 pages, $8.99.
This bestselling and multi-award-winning story comes with the suggestion it is for “ages 8 and up.” True enough — I’ve heard countless grown-ups rave about this so-called children’s book. Coraline is a young girl who finds opens a door to find another family like her own, who at first are wonderful, then increasingly sinister. A terrific modern ghost story with age-old themes and qualities
– Alison Gzowski