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KS2 Reading books: Coraline and The Graveyard Book by N. Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, one of the most talented British fiction writers

Neil Gaiman is one of the most talented British fiction writers of present times. His most famous books include ‘Coraline’, ‘The Graveyard Book’, ‘American Gods’, ‘Stardust’, ‘The Sandman’, etc. Due to his immense contribution in English literature, he received numerous awards such as ‘Nebula’, ‘Hugo’, and ‘Bram Stoker’ awards, and also the prestigious ‘Carnegie’ and ‘Newbery’ medals. Although he is particularly known for his adult fictions, his children’s stories are very special and quite honestly, incredible.

Coraline’s book

In Coraline for instance, a young girl named Coraline, discovers a different version of her life after walking through a secret door in her new home. Surprisingly, she finds her new world largely similar to her present world. She is astonished to see the same carpet and wallpaper as in her flat. What is even more striking is the fact that Coraline also finds her Mom and Dad in this alternative reality, too.


Coraline- Neil Gaiman

We observe as Coraline uses her determination, bravery, creativity, and wits to save herself from her false parents who want her to stay with them forever. Ultimately she returns to her normal life by means of a fantastic adventure. Thanks to the intriguing and mysterious nature of this story, it is often compared to the famous ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Coraline is perfectly suitable to children of age 9 or older who will certainly have a unique reading experience with Coraline. In this book, the author greatly fascinates us with his sense of humour, and this is one of the reasons for which Coraline is a highly captivating book. The story of Coraline is also full of suspense, tension and excitement and this should greatly appeal to your child. They will definitely be attracted by the gorgeous illustrations of this book by Chris Riddell. Adults will also be delighted by this remarkably puzzling yet engaging book. Thus, Coraline can be enjoyed by the whole family and therefore using it as a bedtime story will allow for bonding time with your child.


What do others say about Coraline?

The review left at Amazon by one of the readers of the book Coraline just shows how passionate people are about it:

“Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer and this latest book conjured from his warped imagination proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The story is definitely written for children in mind but Gaiman manages to create an ambience so eerie and chilling that it will have any adult reading with the hairs on the back of their neck standing up. You’ll follow Coraline (Not Caroline!) into a world exactly like hers but counterfeit and with counterfeit parents. A world which wants to keep her there forever and always offering everything a child could wish for. But she’s no fool and soon figures that there are things that are just too good to be true. Be it in this world or another. …. I’ll be buying a copy for all the children and fantasy loving adults I know. Highly recommended.”



The Graveyard Book

The graveyard Book

Another intriguing children’s fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman which has been hugely applauded by the critics is ‘The Graveyard Book’. This book is perfect for 9-12-year-old children. Younger children might find the vocabulary used to be a challenge but they will definitely engage with the fantastic story.

The Graveyard Book is actually an amazing story of a baby, Bod, who somehow runs away from a murderer willing to kill his entire family. Bod takes refuge in the local graveyard where he spends his childhood learning from the resident ghosts and spectres. Among other skills, Bod learns some supernatural tricks like dream walking, fading and haunting.

When Bod grows up to become a teenager, he finds out that the murderer who killed his family was still looking for him. Will Bod survive? This exquisitely well-crafted and humorous book is a great delight.  You child will love both the story and the illustrations.

The comments below shared at Amazon show how two readers felt about the book:

“This is story telling at its highest level. I suggested to one of my grandsons (aged 11) that he might like to read this book. Unlike me he is not a great reader though he usually has a book by his bed. He shrugged but took it. Two days later he came to me with a huge grin on his face. “It’s cool, Dadoo.” he said ” It’s just…magic”

“I read this book as part as the carnegie short list group at my school. My teacher said i should read this book becasuse anohter girl in the group had read it too and said it was amazing. I therefore thought i would give it a go and see what happens. With in a week I had read 5 chapters (the chapters are quite long,) and I was persuading everyone and everyone to read it, as soon as possible. It took me 2 weeks to read it and i couldn’t put it down, but whats more i loved it so much that I read it twice! Last week my teacher read it and agreed.”

What I particularly like about the book is how the pure feeling of love, dedication and devotion for a child is fantastically portrayed in the story.

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