Check out the graphic novel adaptation of one of my favorite scary books for younger readers: Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins, 2008), it will bring this lovely and eerie tale to more readers. I must admit, I was surprised to see it done in 4 color as it is a very black and white book in my mind, but the colors work well here: bright when times are happy and then getting progressively muddy and dark and threatening as the story unfolds. I still remember when Nat was reading this book (she was 9 at the time) and brought it out halfway read as the sun was setting. She placed it in the chest that served as my coffee table at the time, stacked stuff on top, and wandered off muttering "not at night, not at night." It got to her in a way that a book had not done yet: scared her. I remember the first book that did it to me: Rosemary's Baby, a book I began to read one night. When a thunderstorm started outside, I had to find something else to distract me.
In any event, it is a good adaptation/abridgement. Now, back to reading.