Scared straight?!

January 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean; published by Scholastic, New York; 2002.

Gaiman’s tale of a terrifying parallel world reads like my mind works just before awakening after a bad dream—a little surreal, a little real, and vaguely unsettling.  McKean’s images reminded me of Charles Addams’ cartoons—ghoulish and frightening renditions of the real world.  Although this story ends happily—in fact, Coraline does not fear her first day of school after her defeat of the evil other mother—I felt that the gaping absence of care by her parents made this more of a tale for middle schoolers rather than elementary aged children.  I think Coraline was a little too on-her-own for the developmental stage of most upper elementary aged students.

However, I would certainly include this in a display of scary stories for Halloween.  I think it would be well-paired with the movie adaptation too.

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