“It is always easier to be afraid of something you cannot see.”
This book tells the story of a brave, spunky, curious little girl named Coraline. One day, she discovers a secret passageway behind a locked door in her home and she crawls through. At the end of the passageway, Coraline discovers an alternate universe where everything is seemingly exactly like it is in her real home. There are even people that look exactly like her parents…except for one thing: they have black buttons for eyes, and they want to keep Coraline there forever. They promise to take care of her and love her more than her real parents do. Coraline decides that she’d rather go home, but her Other Mother has different ideas.
What a fabulous little story! I read Coraline for the first time two years ago and loved it, so I decided it was time for a reread. The overarching message in this book is to be brave and not to let fear stop you, no matter what. And of course, as with all of Neil Gaiman’s work, there are so many quotable little nuggets of wisdom tucked away in the pages, and each time you read them, you find more that speak to you.
“‘Because,'” she said, ‘When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.'”