Once you start, you have to finish or you're stuck in there
When reading "coraline" one has the almost overwhelming urge to read phrases and paragraphs and entire chapters to anyone within range. the first impression i got when i read it was that the author desperately wanted to come to each and every person's house and read the book, and that the print version was only a temporary measure. well, okay, that was the second impression. the first impression was that this was a seriously creepy story. not terrifying in the way that so many authors try to startle you or shock you, but ominously creepy in such a way that you have to keep reading or the story will never end and you'll go through the rest of your life with this crawly feeling all over you. coraline is a young girl, small for her age, whose family moves into a new house. the house used to be larger before it was subdivided, and so there is an old door opening onto a brick wall. coraline is fascinated by this intriquing exception to an otherwise boring existence; this, along with some odd neighbors, are all that liven up her summer days. further investigation leads to a mysterious other side, complete with other side parents determined to keep coraline with them, even if it means stealing her real parents away. this may be a children's book, but only in that it speaks with a child's sensibilities and focus. at no point does "coraline" speak down to the audience, and that's one of the marks of a children's book that will last. the other is excellent writing, and he's got that covered too.