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Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Wolves in the Walls (2003)

by Neil Gaiman

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My boyfriend and I took terns reading aloud with each page we turned and there was a moment where we laughed so hard! We loved this book, thankfully I own it so I can go back and read it all the time. A message about awareness of self, being able to ask questions and break the mold of 'that's just the way things go' ( )
  gracelovera | Sep 8, 2015 |
Read while children's librarian in 2003 for Halloween. ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 7, 2015 |
Lucy kuulee ääniä, jotka tulevat seinistä. Hän kertoo äänten lähtevän susista, mutta kukaan Lucyn perheen jäsenistä ei usko. Kun sudet tulevat ulos seinistä, kaikki on loppu.

Lyhyt lapsille tarkoitettu tarina kuvastaa tyypillistä Neil Gaimanin teosta. Se on mielikuvituksellinen, epätavanomainen ja todennäköisesti jotain muuta kuin alun perin odotti. Sivut ovat täynnä kuvitusta ja tekstiä on suhteellisen vähän, joten kirja sopii lukemisen harjoitteluun tai vaikka englannin kielen opiskeluun. Ainoa huono puoli on Dave McKeanin omaperäinen kuvitus, joka ei ainakaan minun silmääni erityisemmin miellyttänyt, sillä jotkut kuvat näyttivät hieman sekavilta. ( )
  RiaZero | Dec 13, 2014 |
The Wolves in the Walls is an excellent book for children with eerie and mysterious curiosities. One of the most striking things about this book is the artwork. Dave Mckean's paint and ink really create an atmosphere of darkness which put the reader well within the spooky narrative. Neil Gaiman perfectly creates a lore of sorts, with the children in this story comparing the noises in the walls to animals. They dive deep into their imagination, creating intricate worlds based on the creaky noises of the house. The book has it's own twists and turns that the keep the reader thinking. ( )
  jmitra1 | Nov 25, 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! ( )
  elizabeth.b.bevins | Nov 4, 2014 |
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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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