Tag: Neil Gaiman

  • Middle Grade Novel Study: Coraline

    Middle Grade Novel Study: Coraline

    Coraline is a 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman. Strangely, it is called a novella, despite being the typical length of a middle grade novel (30,640 words). Every word counts. “When I’m writing for kids,” he says, “I’m always assuming that a story, if it is loved, is going to be re-read. So I try and be much more conscious of…

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  • The Wolves In The Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean Analysis

    The Wolves In The Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean Analysis

    Have you ever had something living in your walls or in your roof space, or cellar? Apparently the story was inspired by his own daughter, who heard rats in the walls at night. (So do we — they’re actually mice…) Hearing rodents in the walls isn’t all that uncommon. And rodents are most active at night. It really is quite…

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  • Mothers In Children’s Literature

    Mothers In Children’s Literature

    Mothers are either held up as paragons of selflessness, or they’re discounted and parodied. We often don’t see them in all their complexity. Novelist Edan Lepucki contemplates motherhood We’re born young and helpless. We require a long period of care, wherein we often cannot even clearly articulate what it is that we need (we often hold the fantasy that we…

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