I remember when Coraline was first published (was it 2004?). I thought it looked like a neat book to read aloud to the kids. I knew Gaiman had a fascinating creativity, and that makes for good kid lit. The book portrays a twisted alternate world which sounds creepy and compelling.
K was 9 at the time, M was 7. I don't nkow why I didn't just buy it and read it to the kids. They're 13 and 11 now.
When I saw the movie was coming out, I thought we could read the book together before seeing the movie. When I mentioned this, K told me in an offhand way that she'd already read it. I didn't even know she was aware of it, or where she got a copy of it.