I recently found out that one of my favorite movie makers, Henry Selick, the creator of stop-animation films The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, was finishing a new film -- Neil Gaiman's Coraline. I decided to read the book before the movie comes out next February and since I was at the library anyway, well, I picked up this small book and went ahead and read it today!
Coraline is a young girl who has moved into a new home with her parents. They are a bit detached and so she goes looking for adventure and finds more than she bargained for. She finds a rusty old key and opens a creaky old door which leads her into a mirror world. Here she finds that her life is in danger and she must fight to save herself and her parents. This book is quite creepy but not incredibly suspenseful. After all, it is a sort of Alice in Wonderland adventure and we know that our heroine will make it back through the looking-glass.
This is a good story about facing fears and finding internal strength. I can't wait for the movie to come out -- although, I will really be waiting for the DVD. We don't get to go to movies except for ones that Z chooses! (Wendy at Let the dog in! recommends Madagascar 2 right now.)
Imagining my life in stop-motion animation,
Buy Coraline: The Movie Collector's Edition on Amazon or find it at your local library.