I wish I had read this book as a kid. I would have been in love with it. It was delightful and creepy - and I think as a kid it would have scared the shit out of me in the best possible way.
If the idea of a kid going through a secret door has you thinking The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, think again. Coraline is dark. I found parts superbly unsettling, and I think the suggested reading age is 9 for this YA novel! As I said above, this would have totally freaked me out as a kid, but I love scary/creep stuff so it would have been right up my ally. Also, this was my first experience reading Neil Gaiman. He's great! The version I had on my eReader included an interview with him about writing Coraline and what inspired the story. If you decide to pick this up, go for the enhanced version, it's worth it. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
I loved reading about a strong, smart, brave, and witty little girl figuring things out for her own. And although this was technically a YA novel, it didn't feel young to me. I used Coraline as my eReader/iPhone read. I've been trying to keep a book going on my device for on-the-go reading and as an opportunity to grab a few pages when Dominic is playing. After the week I've had, a nice, immersive read was just what the doctor ordered! Highly recommend!