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Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Wolves in the Walls (2003)

by Neil Gaiman

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I think Gaiman's best work is his children's literature. They are a sure thing for my reading tastes. Creative, unusual, and inventive stories that don't read down to any level reader. Anyone can enjoy this picture book! ( )
  elizabeth.b.bevins | Nov 4, 2014 |
In this reverse Goldilocks tale, Lucy hears something that she believes to be wolves living in her family home's walls. I get the impression that, like the Narnia Lucy, she is the littlest member of her family. She is certainly treated that way by other family members. I would use this book to explore family dynamics and also hypotheses development. Of course, one can't help but sympathize with Lucy's bravery and her learning curve. The next time Lucy notices something curious in her walls, she discusses it with her puppet pig and decides to let everyone find out "soon enough" ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
I think Gaiman's best work is his children's literature. They are a sure thing for my reading tastes. Creative, unusual, and inventive stories that don't read down to any level reader. Anyone can enjoy this picture book! ( )
  ElizabethBevins | May 6, 2014 |
Fun and cute story and a challenge to thoughts of "What everybody knows" ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Nov 2, 2013 |
Neil Gaiman does it again with this mysterious, creepy book that is a cross between an advanced picture book and a beginner level graphic novel. The story begins with a young girl named Lucy hearing what she thinks is wolves moving inside the walls. Her family tries to tell her she’s wrong, but wolves do explode out of the walls and chase the family to the bottom of the garden cowering in fear until Lucy decides she has had enough. It ends as an interesting take on the idea that animals are as afraid of humans as humans are of animals. The book is dramatic and employs different sized text and font types to encapsulate the feeling on that page, most notably getting large and bold when describing the wolves themselves. The illustrations are a haunting and surreal form of mixed media to match the theme of the book. Lucy is a strong willed and relatable character who refuses to let go of everything from her pig-puppet to the family’s home. The story could attract a large age range as either a read aloud or read alone book, as long as the child does not scare easily. Recommended. ( )
  lcaitday | Oct 7, 2013 |
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Truth be told, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's picture book The Wolves in the Walls is terrifying. Sure, the story is fairytale-like and presented in a jaunty, casually nonsensical way, but it is absolutely the stuff of nightmares. Lucy hears wolves hustling, bustling, crinkling, and crackling in the walls of the old house where her family lives, but no one believes her. Her mother says it's mice, her brother says bats, and her father says what everyone seems to say, "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Lucy remains convinced, as is her beloved pig-puppet, and her worst fears are confirmed when the wolves actually do come out of the walls.

Up to this point, McKean's illustrations are spectacular, sinister collages awash in golden sepia tones evocative of the creepy beauty in The City of Lost Children. The wolves explode into the story in scratchy pen-and-ink, all jaws and eyes. The family flees to the cold, moonlit garden, where they ponder their future. (Her brother suggests, for example, that they escape to outer space where there's "nothing but foozles and squossucks for billions of miles.") Lucy wants to live in her own house...and she wants the pig-puppet she left behind.

Eventually she talks her family into moving back into the once-wolfish walls, where they peek out at the wolves who are watching their television and spilling popcorn on slices of toast and jam, dashing up the stairs, and wearing their clothes. When the family can't stand it anymore, they burst forth from the walls, scaring the wolves, who shout, "And when the people come out of the walls, it's all over!" The wolves flee and everything goes back to normal...until the tidy ending when Lucy hears "a noise that sounded exactly like an elephant trying not to sneeze." Adult fans of this talented pair will revel in the quirky story and its darkly gorgeous, deliciously shadowy trappings, but the young or faint of heart, beware! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins.

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