Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.
Lena B., Thalia-Buchhandlung Linz Lentia
Although there are some things one could niggle about, that the book is not at all scary or that the emotions of the characters especially Coraline's are not well described, we all should too keep in mind that 'Coraline' is a children's book. I don't say that only children are allowed to read this book but I'm saying that Neil Gaiman wrote it for his daughters. So the thought behind this book was that kids of 8-12 years of age will mainly read his story. And if I keep that in mind 'Coraline' is extremely creepy. It also is amazingly written and tells a fantastic story full of bravery and the love of a little girl towards her real family. Besides all that the journey of Coraline inside this other world is a fantastic story to read. This world has moving toys, talking animals, an evil mother, ghosts, dog-bats and big black buttons. I also really enjoy the thought of a mouse orchestra and because of that I loved that one scene in the movie that was directed by Henry Selick!