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I was in a Gaiman mood. My five year old is desperate to see Coraline in the theaters (she's in love with Nightmare Before Christmas) so I figured I'd give it a read first. I'm not one for YA or Children's books, honestly, reading perhaps one or so a year. Between both of these books I've met my quota. Thankfully they were well written and not a general waste of my time. Gaiman is just a wonderful writer no matter who he writes for.

Coraline is an adorable fantasy/quest story of a little girl that discovers a parallel universe through a bricked up door in her flat. The Graveyard Book is another wonderful fantasy piece about a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghosts and an undead guardian. I highly suggest if you have children that adore a bit of the ol' macabre that you present both of these books to them. Gaiman is quite genius when it comes to writing about ghoulies and ghosties without terrifying children. He makes it cozy and warm; a place your little ones would want to go by choice. Truly awesome.

Currently Reading: The People of the Abyss by Jack London

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autumnleaf77
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
i don't know what it is but i have such a problem reading Gaiman. he writes fine and it's interesting but for some reason i tend to loose focus and get bored. same thing tends to happpen with Terry Pratchett. Coraline is one of the few Gaiman books i've made it through. it was interesting though i certainly couldn't tell you what it was about any more. oh well. i'll stick with my P.C. Cast brain candy for now.
friggasgirl
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I have a Pratchett block as well. Just can't get into him AT ALL...and I've tried really hard. I think you might like The Graveyard Book. It's whimsical enough. If you ever want to give it a try let me know.
geekygirl
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Absolutely LOVED Coraline! The Graveyard book is definitely on the to-read list! :)
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