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Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Wolves in the Walls (2003)

by Neil Gaiman

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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 |
This book is about a family that has wolves in the walls of their house. The little girl is the only one that thinks that there are wolves in the walls and her mom, dad, and brother do not believe her when she tells them. That is, until the wolves come out of the walls and they seem them for themselves. When they come out the family flees and lives outside for awhile while the wolves live in their house. One day the girl sneaks in the walls of the house and then tells her family that they should go back to their house and live in the walls. They do this and see that the wolves are messing up everything in their house so they come out of the walls and the wolves leave and never return. The story ends with the girl telling her favorite pig puppet that she thinks she hears elephants and wonders if she should tell her family. The puppet tells her that they will find out soon enough. This was a book that usually does not interest me because I do not like scary things, but it was actually amusing. The illustrations do a good job of keeping the tone of the story with weird spooky images. A classroom extension would be to have students draw a picture of something they would not want to come out of their walls and something they would like to come out of their walls. Another would be to have students bring in their favorite stuffed animal and tell the class about it.
  Amber7 | Sep 28, 2013 |
Such a great, silly and wild story. And the art! Love it all! ( )
  Clare.Davitt | Aug 5, 2013 |
When Lucy hears hustling, bustling, crinkling and crackling noises inside the walls, she attempts to warn her mother, father and brother. Emphatically telling the family there are wolves in the wall, they do not believe her and say "Well, if the wolves come out in the walls, then it's all over."

Never explaining why it will be all over, the refuse to believe her. Her brother continues to play his video games; her mother continues to make jam and her father continues to play his tuba.

On the night that Lucy initially does not hear noises as she tries to sleep, she becomes most frightened and soon in the middle of the night the howling, thumping and yelling begins AND, the wolves do indeed come out of the walls.

Fleeing in terror, and hiding at the bottom of the garden, the family knows the wolves are having a party, eating food, watching tv, playing with the video games and dancing evil dances.

Fearful that something is going to happen to her beloved stuffed pig toy, brave Lucy re-enters the house and creeps along inside the walls to find her toy.

Taking control of the situation, the family returns to the house and creeps along inside the walls. Making loud noises they scare the wolves who note that when" the people come out of the walls, it's all over!"

Frantically flying out of the house and, according to Gaiman, they go to either the Artic, the desert or outer space!

Everthing returns to normal until Lucy hears the noise in the walls of elephants!

Highly created with lush illustrations, this is a joy to read. I think a very young child would be afraid of both the story and the images. I'd read this to an older child and not a youngster. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jun 22, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380810956, Paperback)

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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