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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
Coraline

Coraline

Spring 2003 Audio Book
Ages: 10 - 14 yrs.
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN: 0-06-051048-X
CD Price: $22.00
Review:
In a modern fairy tale, replete with strange house, magic mirrors, and evil “witch”, Gaiman has created a gothic atmosphere of unnatural grays and blacks. Coraline, newly moved to a new flat, is suddenly met with the disappearance of her parents. Her exploration of her environs reveals a passage to an alternate house, with an “other” mother and “other” father – all created by an evil creature that wishes to possess and “please” unsuspecting children. Read by the author, he clearly understands that he has written a book full of universal fears and chilling details. His words and his voice are spare and restrained. He lets the evocative plot carry the burden of scaring the listener – except for some unnecessary bits of incidental music. An unforgettable listen, not even the happy ending will banish the dark mood. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but truly effective.
Yvonne Coleman   ©2003 Parents' Choice

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