“Coraline: The Graphic Novel” Book Review

Hey y’all!

I love the movie Coraline and I’m ashamed to say that I am one of those people who watched the movie before I actually read the book (yikes!). I currently have in my possession both the book and the graphic novel. I wanted something super quick that I could read and I thought why not read Coraline so I quickly read the book.

How did this book measure up to the movie? Read on to find out!

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Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house…. When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.


I actually liked the movie better than the graphic novel. I do want to read the actual book one day. The movie was more creepy and darker than the graphic novel. It wasn’t bad but I prefer the movie version. Maybe the book will be better. I did like the cat more in this one than the movie and obviously there were some changes in the movie than the graphic novel like characters and the way certain things occurred. Miss Spinkk and Forcible were not weird at all and also Bobinski. They were totally normal whereas in the movie they were quite odd. Also, Wyborne wasn’t in the graphic novel version at all, which I kind of missed. It made searching for the ghost more personal because his grandmother’s missing sister was one of the ghost in the movie but there were different ghosts in the book.

I just feel like more detail (look-wise) went into the movie, which makes sense because…it’s a movie. I guess I just expected much more from the graphic novel and it just fell a little flat for me. However, what I did like was how much smarter Coraline was. I don’t know. In the movie she was more gullible but in the graphic novel, she was more with it and can see through the crap the other mother was trying to sell.

I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t the best book in the world. I want to see what regular book has to offer. I’m sure more detail but this is one book thats going in my classroom library!

Title: Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell

Publication Date: May 5, 2009

Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel

Buy it here: Bookshop.org and Amazon

Do you usually like movie adaptations better or book adaptations?


Nessa D.


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