C is for Coraline
I had some trouble picking a book or character for "C." I've already done Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for "A," so the Cheshire Cat was out. My next thought was to illustrate Captain Bluebear from The 13 and 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers, who is my favorite untrustworthy narrator. I haven't met anyone else who's read it, (it is a large, thick book with a yellow cover, which gives it an unfortunate resemblance to a phone book). Bookstores and libraries seem to shelve it in the adult section, and since I decided to do an alphabet for children's literature, I decided to pick a different title. Coraline it is! I think Coraline was the first Neil Gaiman book I read, but it certainly wasn't the last. (I'm a big fan of The Graveyard Book.) I decided to keep things pretty simple and illustrate Chapter 2, when she's exploring in the white fog. I like Coraline's spunk. I also appreciate the little details, even in the opening chapters, that her world is off kilter. (For example, the neighbors who keep calling her "Caroline.") The nameless cat is fantastic - behaving and speaking just the way I imagine a cat would, if given the ability to converse with humans.
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