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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  10,063 ratings  ·  606 reviews
There are sneaking,
creeping, crumpling
noises coming from
inside the walls.

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house -- and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

But it's not all over. Instead, Lucy's battle with the wolves is only just beginning.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2003)
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Airiz C
Am I the only one who thought this is a mishmash of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls” and the classic wolf-riddled admonitory bedtime stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”? The Wolves in the Walls, a collab work by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, is yet another landmark tale that speaks directly to young readers while teaching a few lessons like open communication in the family.

SPOILER-ISH! Basically the story revolves around Lucy (aka the girl who cried wolf), w...more
Sommer
Haha, ok - the below review is one I wrote on Amazon.com in October of 2003. A review, I might add, that was found to be useful by 9 out of 9 Amazon members. Wow, I know, wow...


I recently read this book outloud to my cousin and he LOVED it! The book is so intuitive and allows so much expression and voice intonation. The characters are distinct individuals and I could instantly find their voice. The art is simply amazing - I've been a fan of McKean for years. I really don't think kids should be u...more
Robert
This is a great story about parents not listening to their daughter and said daughter saving their home. It also has wolves...in the walls! It comes with a CD of Gaiman reading the story aloud, which I haven't heard yet...but if the readings from The Ocean at the End of the Lane I heard him give last week are anything to go by, it should be excellent. It is just the kind of story that should be read aloud, too, full of the rhythms and repeated refrains that fit with oral story telling.

McKean's i...more
Katsumi
The Wolves in the Walls is a story about Lucy and her family, and how they have wolves living in their walls - or at least that's what Lucy thinks. She hears scratching and nibbling in the walls and is convinced that the noises are coming from the wolves. But everyone that Lucy tells (her mom, dad and brother,) dismisses her concerns with more believable explanations. Little do they know, Lucy isn't that far-fetched...

The illustrations of this book are magnificent and amazing, making the entire...more
Amy
I am always looking for unique, quality storybooks to keep on my shelves long after my children have children. I struggle to find something special in between "I love you Forever" and "Dumb Bunnies". Sometimes I think I find it when I see breathtaking illustrations, often to be disappointed when the words aren't in the same league. This book absolutely has both. If your children get scared easily- mine do not- then I might skip this one. It is written in fairytale prose and that may keep some ki...more
Kathryn
We love this book! It is fast becoming a favorite in my house. Sooo much fun to read aloud. I can make my 5 year old jump every time and he loves it. The art is amazing but the writing really stands out as something extra special, especialy considering that this is a children's story. I rarely recommend buying a children's book outright considering that your library is readily available, children's books are quick reads, and kids attention spans are notoriously short but this book I can wholehea...more
Anne
My kids really liked it. My eight year old son read it and thought it was good. He thought the illustrations were cool because the people had "spooky" eyes. I read it to my six year old son and my four year old daughter, and they liked it also. My little girl actually made me read it to her twice. Her only complaint was that the wolves were just regular old wolves and not werewolves. Go figure.
I think some younger kids might find the story a little bit scary, so be careful if your kids spook ea...more
Pretension
If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over.

The storyline of The Wolves in the Walls revolves around young Lucy and her family and their unwanted houseguests. It is set in and around Lucy’s home, prominently featuring night-time as is due for a scarier story. Simply reading the text would probably create a homier scene in our imagination, however, the illustrations have a definite ‘creep factor’, almost elevating the setting to thriller or horror status.

Lucy fears the scratching soun...more
Carly
Aug 22, 2008 Carly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
Probably one of the only picture books I really, really like. Creepy as all heck, though. Come to think of it, that's probably why I like it.
Textor Texel
Около двух лет назад Елочка показала мне иллюстрации этой книжки в электронном формате. Картинки меня несколько испугали, показались страшными, и я отстранился от чтения этой графической миниатюры (и не склонился к прочтению даже после няшногоотзыва). Посетив в конце лета 2013 года библиотеку комиксов, Елочек вновь ткнула мой носик к"Волкам в стенах", я еще немножко посомневался, но в итоге все же взял книжулю почитать.

Это бесподобно. Я никогда не читал таких жутких, мрачных и в то же время миле...more
Stuart

The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean is a brilliant, if not slightly disturbing and incredibly scary, picture book.


The illustrations are excellent and the cover (which looks slightly like the girl out of the horror film, ‘The Ring’) gives a good indication of the content. In short there are wolves in the walls of a house so the family living there have to take refuge when they come out. The family then hide in the walls and turn the tables by scaring the wolves away when they c...more
Valerie
A Summary/A Thoughtful Review:
This dark and suspenseful picture book, more appropriate for an older audience of upper elementary to middle school-aged readers, will appeal to those looking for an eerier side of fantasy. Neil Gaimen writes a thrilling story about a anixous, yet curious girl, Lucy, who believes there are wolves living in the walls of her house. As her father, mother, and brother continue to deny the reality of this situation, Lucy, on the other hand, continues to hear "sneaking,...more
Mimo
Jul 07, 2007 Mimo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children who like very scary stories, parents who like to be woken up
Shelves: junior, own-it
All of the stars are for the artwork, which is beautiful, dark and uses collage. The story didn't seem all that original to me and despite the picture book format I cannot imagine reading this to a young child unless you wanted to give him or her nightmares.
Monique

Originally posted HERE.

This is the story of Lucy, who could hear the sounds being made by wolves coming from within the walls of their house. She tries to tell her mother, father, and brother about the wolfish sounds, but they were all incredulous and refused to believe her. Only her little pig-puppet believed her. And then one night, something happened in Lucy's house... Can you guess what?

Wolves In The Walls is a children's story, yes, but I think it might be too dark or scary for the smaller...more
Shawn Thrasher
To get to groovy creepy Gaiman world where The Wolves in the Walls, and most of his other books, seem to take place, it's similar to going to Never Never Land - take the second star to the right, but in this case straight on until midnight. Hovering over every Gaiman book I've read is that sense of the unearthly and macabre - the humor is dark, the palette is darker, the plot flavored with henbane and eye of newt. In the Real World, no one has heard about wolves living in the walls, and when our...more
Linda Lipko
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...more
Juliette
I was lead to this story mostly through the eye-catching, vivid style of Dave McKean’s illustration, after loving the graphic novel hybrid of Slog’s Dad. But this is not a case where the illustration supersedes the text – in fact far from it. The Wolves in the Walls is a great example of showing how text and illustration combine to deliver a collaborative storytelling experience, not merely there to support the other, but to interlink and fill in the blanks.

It is the main character of this story...more
Amy
The Wolves in the Walls tells the tale of Lucy and her family, who are driven out of their home by wolves who come out of the walls. Lucy tries to warn her family that there are wolves in the walls but no one believes her. There is a element of foreboding throughout the book as we are constantly reminded that if the wolves come out of the walls 'it's all over'. Lucy is proved right in the end and it is Lucy who saves the family home and rids it of the wolves.
The Wolves in the Walls challenges a...more
annik
There are sneaking,
creeping, crumpling
noises coming from
inside the walls.


История Геймана, иллюстрации МакКина — это один из самых гениальных дуэтов. Честное слово <3

Наткнулась на это чудо в одной электронной библиотеке, в разделе детской литературы, и удивилась дальше некуда, потому как Гейман в моем классификаторе ну никак не тянет на одну полку с каким-нить «Only a cat», «Bear Noel» и иже с ними. «Коралина» прокатилась мимо меня аудиокнигой, слегка задела, но времени на нее не хватило. И во...more
Jessica
My initial reaction to The Wolves in the Walls included horror, disgust, shock and curiosity. A summary might have you feeling the same way! To be fair, Gaiman is an excellent writer and the illustrator, Dave McKean is extremely talented. The book begins with Lucy walking around her house and asking her family about the noises she hears in the walls. Her brother, mother and father shoo her idea of wolves living in the walls as they each assume the noise is either rats or mice. Each family member...more
Ch_robyn Schaefer
(Audio Version) My 3rd grade students, particularly the boys, thrive on “terrifying, creepy, and sinister.” So when I read reviews that described Neil Gaiman’s Wolves in the Walls as such, I was hooked. I listened to the audio without any picture support, and was surprised to find it, well, a little humorous. I felt a little guilty chuckling at a book that is marketed as dark and “the stuff of nightmares.” The 17-minute narration alone was just not enough to convey this. I visualized a lighter t...more
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
“The Rock Star” of literacy creates another best-selling book with The Wolves in the Wall. Lucy is certain there are wolves living in the walls of her home. Lucy's mom and dad dismiss her concern, until the wolves actually come out of the walls. The wolves take control over their home and Lucy and her parents run away into their garden and hide. Eventually the family regains control of their home, scaring the wolves away. Everything seems fine until Lucy hears a new sound coming from the wall.

I...more
Allison
Gaiman, Neil Wolves in the Wall pgs.56 HarperTrophy Language~G; Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG

Author Neil Gaiman has written a superb picture book for older readers, terrifying but terrific! Lucy is a young girl who begins to hear what she absolutely without a doubt knows are wolves in the walls of her house. Her mother doesn’t believe her. She tries to warn her father, but he brushes her off. Her younger brother thinks she has finally gone over the edge. Only her pig puppet believes her, until t...more
Alison
This is a very special, wonderful book. It is quite scary and creepy, but shows that facing up to fears has a positive outcome. A little girl called Lucy hears noises in the walls of her house, and is convinced that there are wolves living there. Her family dismisses her fears, and her father tells her that "If the wolves come out, then it is all over". One day, the wolves do indeed come out, and the family must run away, but Lucy is determined that they must face up to the badly-behaved wolves...more
Tricia Douglas
After reading Gaiman's current best seller The Ocean at the End of the Lane and noticed that he had written many children's books, I picked up a copy of The Wolves in the Walls. I found that the fantasy in The Wolves in the Walls followed along with the fantasy in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The reader follows along with the story and can't stop (in both books). I loved the creativity and rhythm of the words. The illustrations are amazing and add so much to the story. I think I've found an...more
Rhian Loxley
In Lucy's house, grown-ups and older brothers don't listen to little girls. This is a spooky and creepy story about strange noises and the underlying fear that one day "it will all be over". Lucy's predictions come true and she proves to be the wise one in the face of fear and homelessness in her attempt to be reunited with her pig-puppet.

This is a great imaginative story that has a reasonably happy if not somewhat disconcerting ending for Lucy can still hear funny (elephant sized) noises in the...more
SJane
I pre-read this one and decided not to read it aloud to my students. But after listening to Neil Gaiman explain his reasoning behind creating the book and seeing my students' genuine interest in more of his work, I decided to give it a go. The kids LOVED it, and I enjoyed it much more when coupled with their delight. The main character, Lucy, was persistant and brave while her parents and brothers wanted to run away. The messages: that you should listen to kids, even if what they say sounds biza...more
595AJ_NikkiHuske
Most children have monsters in their closets or under their beds, but Lucy has wolves in her walls. No one in her family provides her comfort. Her pig puppet is the only one that helps her overcome her fears.I'm not sure this book would help a young child overcome their fear of the dark. It just might cause some nightmares.

Dave McKean compliments Gaiman's creepy story. The illustrations are warm in the home yet have a creepy feel. The outside seems cold with a fire that seems to dance off the p...more
Richard Kirby
Lucy is convinced that she can hear wolves in the walls of her house. Neither her parents or her brother believe her until wolves really do emerge and take up residence in the house, forcing Lucy and her family to camp out in the back garden.
They attempt to adjust to life living in the garden until Lucy rallies them, organising a cunning plan with which they drive out the wolves and take their house back. Normality is restored, but is that an elephant Lucy can hear in the wall?

Not only is it an...more
Amy
This was a clever picture book, with fun illustrations. I do like the quote, "Anyway, you do know what they say about wolves...If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Lucy's response reminds me of my sister Jessica, the skeptic. I also liked the pink pig..my daughter still has her pink pig she slept with as a baby. I also liked the guest appearance from the Queen of Melanesia, who also appeared in The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. My library recommends this for grades 3-4 a...more
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