15 February 2009

Coraline, The Graphic Novel Adaptation (2008) - A Review

Coraline, The Graphic Novel Adaptation
Author: Neil Gaiman
Artist: P. Craig Russell
Year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins

Coraline, a young girl, and her parents share an old house with two retired dancers and an man who trains rats. Bored, Coraline explores the unused rooms in the house and stumbles into a slightly warped version of our world, occupied by ghosts, talking animals and a malevolent entity.

Not having read Neil Gaiman's original book (with David McKean's art) and having avoided viewing clips of Henry Sellick's film adaption, I read this novel cold.

The story is aimed at younger readers and is pretty direct, with none of the digressions and allusions found in Gaiman's 'Sandman' series. Likewise, P. Craig Russell's art is simple and realistic, his composition uncluttered, and the pacing gentle.

Suitable for young independent readers but don't be surprised if they start looking at you strangely after reading it!

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