I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago. I opened the first page at about ten o-clock, just to see what it was like, and ended up finishing it after lunch. So yes, you may safely assume that I liked it. The writing was simple, economical, and quite enjoyable. For example, here are the first four paragraphs:
Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.
It was a very old house—it had an attic under the room and a cellar under the ground and an overgrown garden with huge old trees in it.
Coraline’s family didn’t own all of the house—it was too big for that. Instead they owned part of it.
There were other people who lived in the old house.
The entire setting is introduced: a door, a garden, an attic, a cellar, and other people. Coraline’s world is ready for exploration.
The simplicity of the writing does not mean that the plot is simple.
There are many layers to explore, as Coraline wanders in the old garden, in the world of the ‘other mother,’ in her own home, and even in the darkness of a locked cupboard.
I haven’t seen the film, because the button-eyes kind of freaked me out. But now that I’ve read (and thoroughly enjoyed) the book, maybe I’ll watch the movie.