Coraline – Neal Gaiman

As I complained, Gaiman uses his success in comics to break into “legitimate” writing and here he takes a stab at a children’s story that would have been better as a comic. Coraline is a girl who feels ignored until she discovers an alternate world with parents that pay much more attention to her. Too bad it’s an evil world. I love the idea of a strong child—and a female one—lead that has to solve her own problems, but Coraline takes about half the story to start, might be a bit too dark for many children, and really just isn’t very good.