This book cover for “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman uses the front and back covers to show the real world, and the “other” reality created by the antagonist of the story, the Bedlam, to try and trap Coraline. The back cover is rendered more naturally to represent the real world. The front is rendered in a hap hazard, cubist inspired style to represent the “other” world that was created by Coraline’s “other” mother, the Bedlam, who tries to convince Coraline to stay in this alternate reality. The cover shows Coraline has passed through a doorway that was sealed with a brick wall to separate the house they recently moved to into separate flats. On the back cover, the doorway still appears to be sealed with bricks. A feral black cat from the neighborhood however has the ability to move between the two realities, and is able to speak to Coraline when it is on the other side. On the back cover the cat sits in the real world, but can see through to the other side. The spine of the book is designed to look like the structure of the wall separating the two apartments.
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