by Marilyn Roca Enriquez

Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they compete for our attention with us often favoring one over the other as the better medium.  And yet more often then we are at times aware, the two are closely connected and even inspire and compliment one another.  With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 have decided for this month’s book reviews to focus on children’s books that were the inspiration for movies.  Please note, we are not including movie sequels or any other types of adaptations (i.e. television series, stage productions, etc.) in the reviews below.

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Dave McKean
ISBN-13: 978-0380807345
Publisher: HarperCollins
Film Adaptation: “Coraline”

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.  But there’s another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl.  They want to change her and never let her go.  Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.