HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Gaiman. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 10792
Synopsis: The day after they moved in,
Coraline went exploring....
In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.
The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
Only it's different.
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.
Review: Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers ("We trod the boards, luvvy") and the mustachioed old man under the roof ("'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'") Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored--so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that--sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks--opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you're thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you're on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl's work, it is delicious.
What's on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of... people who pronounce her name correctly (not "Caroline"), delicious meals (not like her father's overblown "recipes"), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her "other mother" and her "other father"--people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin... and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door. To make creepy creepier, Coraline has been illustrated masterfully in scritchy, terrifying ink drawings by British mixed-media artist and Sandman cover illustrator Dave McKean. This delightful, funny, haunting, scary as heck, fairy-tale novel is about as fine as they come. Highly recommended. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson
Publication Date: 2002
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st edition
Book Description Harper Collins, New York, 2002. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Neil Gaiman- Coraline- U.S advanced reading copy- Harper Collins 2002. Fine condition ARC [ equivilent to u.k proof copy]- signed [ name only] by author. Comes with promo postcard- book blurb on one side and picture of cover on the other. Rare in this format. Signed by Author. Advanced Reading Copy (ARC). Bookseller Inventory # 002861
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Young Adult novel; basis for the animated film. Advance Reading Copy (ARC). Illustrated by Dave McKean. SIGNED by Gaiman on the title page. Fine with no jacket as issued. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14382389092
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition. Advance Reading Copy (ARC) for the first edition. Glossy perfect-bound wraps. Illustrations by Dave McKean. Publisher's illustrated promotional postcard laid-in. Inscribed by Gaiman on the title page. "Jenny Neil Gaiman." Additionally, Gaiman has drawn a rodent on the page. Unread copy in Fine condition. Signed by Author(s). Advance Reading Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 61318