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The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
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Sep 09, 2011

it was amazing
Read on September 09, 2011

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 come out. The scary illustrations, dangerous wolf characters and the language used such as ‘If the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over’ all add to the rather terrifying nature of the book.

The feel of the story is like an old fairy tale and cleverly there are references to modern things like Lucy’s brother’s games console which all help to engage and entertain. The scary nature of the book however means it should probably be used with older children, perhaps 8-9 year olds, or they may lose sleep!

The real benefit of this book in my view is that if it is on a shelf and a child sees it, he or she will not be able to resist picking it up and reading it to the comical end.
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