by Neil Gaiman
adapted by P. Craig Russell
In this case, I saw the film adaptation but haven't read the original book. I really enjoyed reading thhis version. At first glance I thought the faces, drawn in a realistic style, looked too stiff, but up close they're actually very animated. The other-mother's face was decidedly creepy. I was surprised to see how many differences there were between the movie version and this. For one, there's no little boy to be Coraline's friend (but I think that's where the movie deviates from the book by itself). The garden played a far less important part, which disappointed me a little- I was looking forward to some fantastic illustrations of plants! Also I don't recall the part where Coraline goes into the cellar, nor the final bit where she must get rid of the other-mother's hand. I may have just forgotten some things, though. There were other scenes that were new to me, which I liked, and some that weren't very long, like the burlesque show, I recall being move developed in the movie.
I loved the cat. His expressions, demeanor and the way he was drawn were just perfect.
rating: 4/5 ........ 186 pages, 2008 ...... find it at Powell's Books