If you like reading the book before the movie comes out, you still have time to read Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The movie debuts Feb 6, and is a stop-motion film created using puppets. The film and the book are fantasy-horror, so if that’s not your thing, you might want to give it a pass. (It’s not my thing. I did read the book, but it just didn’t grab me. I have to admit, though, that the puppets looked appealing in the trailer I saw. But I’m not into being scared. A lot of people rave about Coraline, though–and maybe you’ll be one of them.)
Dakota Fanning is the voice of Coraline in the movie, and Teri Hatcher is the voice of Coraline’s Mother and her Other Mother. You can read some interesting tidbits on Wikipedia.
Neil Gaiman just won the Newbery Medal for his children’s book The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman said, after winning: “I never really thought of myself as a Newbery winner. It’s such a very establishment kind of award, in the right kind of way, with the world of librarians pointing at the book saying, `This is worthy of the ages.’ And I’m so very used to working in, and enjoying working in, essentially the gutter.”
Just One More Book is interviewing Neil Gaiman today; if you have any questions for him, head on over and let them know.